Boris Kustodiyev is known to many as an artist of the life of the Russian people, its magnificent colorful festivities, generous fairs and village life. But this is not the only successful path of a great painter. He traveled at every opportunity to the rich cultural centers of Europe. So, Kustodiyev visited Italy several times, namely, the beautiful Venice.
The result was a few canvases devoted to the architecture of this northern town, its spacious embankments and peaceful social life. This series of paintings was created in the style of realism, but at the same time features of European impressionism are remotely guessed in it.
The painter made his first visit to fabulous Venice in 1907. In the same year, that first picture was painted, dedicated to the Italian city, which struck the author with the unique proximity of residential buildings and a river reservoir.
The Venice of 1907 is a cityscape. A view of the Grand Canal and a panorama of houses from the Palazzo Contarini. The waters of the Adriatic Sea within the city shine with an amazing soft emerald color. On the opposite shore, a lone canoe boatman prepares to sail. Buildings on the coast conquer diversity: they are all colorful and multi-storey.
The sky above the city is covered with whitish wool of clouds, occasionally exposing the blue space. The whole atmosphere of the canvas is bright, bright, cheerful.
During his stay in Italy, the artist often wrote home to his wife. In his enthusiastic letters, he regretted that he could not share with her the joy of contemplating the local beauties. By his own admission, he was very fond of the European city with its picturesque architecture and resort climate.
Interesting and later “Venice” Russian painter – 1913 of creation. The next picture is completely different – with salutes in the night sky, but the same fascinating.