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Rainbow

Painting, 1875, 44×56.5 cm

Description of the artwork «Rainbow»

Rainbow - One of the favorite images of the artist Alexei Savrasov. His rainbows are not a decoration, in the image they are important not only the masterly mastery of light and color, like Kuindzhi. Rainbows Savrasova - window into the inexpressible, indescribable symbol.

Before us is a post-thunderous landscape, piercingly bright greenery washed by the waters of a rumbling rainfall, sunlight is trying to break through the cloudy sky. In the painting "Rainbow" we see the favorite Savrasov’s move - it’s just a grasped feeling that the next moment the sun will appear. Here Savrasov’s skill as a colorist is fully demonstrated - this is evidenced by the skillful combination of warm, reddish earth tones, emerald mossy greenery and a clear sky.

"Rainbow" as if wide open towards the viewer. It seems that a fresh wind comes from the picture, the spectator is "heard" a special lightning silence, broken only by rare bird trills and the sound of buckets on the rocker. Steps punched in the hill connect the foreground and the background and at the same time serve as a staircase to the viewer, as if drawing him deep into the picture.

The landscape looks festive, while there is no embellishment in it - it seems that nature itself is celebrating the ending rain, a rainbow and the sun shining over the expanses, the light of which in the next instant will fill the sky and the earth. To the steps, hollowed right in the hill, there is a peasant woman with a yoke. Squat huts in the background. As usual, Savrasov has a landscape of everyday life, and at the same time he feels not of everyday life, but of being eternal, eternal, shining in every detail. A kind of romanticism transformed through the artist’s vision, looking for an ideal not in the far reaches, but finding it everywhere, in everything that the eye falls on.

Savrasov’s landscapes are characterized by a special, pinched lyricism, the originally Russian undercurrent of anguish erupts even in his brightest paintings. No wonder the artist is considered the creator of the Russian lyrical landscape. His student Levitanspoke: “Savrasov tried to find in the simplest and most ordinary those intimate, deeply touching, often sad features that are so strongly felt in our native landscape and so irresistibly affect the soul".

Author: Alain Esaulova
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Landscape

Style of art: Realism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1875

Size: 44×56.5 cm

Artwork in selections: 19 selections

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