Arkady Plastov was twenty-four years old when the October Revolution happened in the country. The artist’s creativity was formed and developed under the Soviet system. After graduating from college, he returned to his native village, drew a lot from life. In most of his works, the author involved fellow villagers as sitters.
Plastova’s skill was reflected in two directions – landscape and genre. As the author of everyday paintings, the artist visibly embellished the life of the Soviet village and did not seek to disclose the indicated topics, avoiding showing conflict situations. However, artificial, somewhat wooden human images are combined with the remarkable talent of the painter. All of his genre scenes Plastov certainly painted against the backdrop of beautiful rural landscapes, depicting nature with unsurpassed lyricism – in landscape business he was a true master.
Autumn, most likely, was the artist’s favorite time of year – a good half of his landscapes recreate this particular time of year. The painting “Autumn” recreates this time of year not in its latest pore. The grass is still green, and young horses, two bay and one gray, are gladly grazing on it. To the right of the pasture is a country road blurred by rains, covered in puddles and potholes.
In the still water, fragments of a gray-blue sky and trees covered with yellow leaves are reflected. In the right corner is a small undergrowth. Birches stand out with bright fresh gold, their holiday outfit is the brightest spot in the picture. The ground under the trees is littered with fallen leaves. Behind the trees are two horsemen, their silhouettes are schematically drawn and appear as dark shadows. On the horizon – a thicker forest, rich yellow, with glimpses of orange.