The painting was written in 1919.
Many artists loved painting such as landscape. It was in nature that the artists found a direct reflection of their own feelings and inner thoughts.
The background of many works Kustodiev was just a winter landscape. We see folk festivals. The artist himself seems to be on the dais from which he sees everything that is happening. This allowed the painter to cover the entire landscape as a whole.
The picture shows a clear frosty day. The landscape is so colorful that it involuntarily creates the feeling of a joyful holiday. Kustodiyev used the most vivid colors to convey the true beauty of winter. All drifts are the most relief. Trees, covered with hoarfrost, remind festive fireworks.
At first glance, it may seem that nature is not so real. Too bright and unnatural paint. But in this picture the whole Kustodiev. So he saw the Russian countryside. There are so many rich colors that create a joyful mood. It seems that the whole picture is just riddled with holiday and fun. The painter was able to masterfully convey it through. It would seem insignificant details. Everything is important here, every little detail is necessary for the overall composition and holistic perception.
In the foreground we see two figures in elegant clothes. They talk about something with enthusiasm. Their faces are not spelled out in detail, and it is not necessary. The purpose of the artist is to convey an unusually joyful feeling of a cheerful winter day, which we feel in all the details of this picture.
The dynamics of the entire plot of the picture give the sleigh, which rushes in the background. They are an important element of many paintings by the artist. With it, the movement is transmitted. We feel that the picture is not static. It seems that soon we will hear the sound of a bell and hear a cheerful laugh.
In its composition, Kustodiev’s work resembles cheap popular paintings.