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In the summer

Painting, 1908, 66×98 cm

Description of the artwork «In the summer»

Picture "In the summer"with its unsophisticated storyline, is considered one of the peaks of creativity of Sergey Vinogradova. In 1909, for this work the artist received the second gold medal at the International exhibition in Munich. "Then, from the horn of plenty, showered me with invitations to take part in foreign exhibitions"— wrote Vinogradov. In the next five years his work has seen Paris, Prague and Venice.

At the turn of the century in Russia booming industry, built up city, and at the same time rooted in the past the manor home. In the view of the intelligentsia with the "noble nests", with their moral values and succession of generations is lost and the original Russian traditions. In art there is the theme of nostalgia for a bygone era. In 1903, Chekhov wrote "the Cherry orchard". Many artists, including Sergei Vinogradov and Konstantin Korovinwho were friends and students Vasily Polenovauthor "Granny's garden"also turn to the topic of a manorial estate.

The painting "Summer" written in the name of Vsevolod Mamontov Golovinka, located in the Tula province. At the invitation of the owners who were very passionate about art, Vinogradov, came to stay in the mansion for ten years. During these visits, he created a lot of landscapes, genre scenes and interior works (1, 2, 3). "As inspired Golovinka honey. I wanted to convey in the paintings, her poetry, her joyfulness"— recalled the artist.

Two fragile elegant women in white dresses settled at a table in the shade of a tree — for sewing and book. Shadows fancy bluish-purple spots lay on the ground, the tablecloth and the ladies clothes. The sun illuminates the upper part of the trees and houses, over which extends a clean pale blue sky.

Colour leaf colour is subordinated to the main accent of the wall of the estate, executed in orange-brownish tones. These colors resonate with light spots on the ground and the trees, located on the left side of the canvas, and the color of the benches on both sides of the table is a lush green garden.

Vinogradov, using impressionistic techniques and Polenov's tradition of plein air painting, so ably fills the picture space with warm air, summer heat can be felt almost physically.
The composition canvas "wall" of the patio of the estate from the outside environment, bringing viewers into a private world of its inhabitants. This world is full of peace and tranquility, the life in it flows in perfect harmony of man and nature.

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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Genre scene

Style of art: Impressionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1908

Size: 66×98 cm

Artwork in selections: 17 selections

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