The famous Russian artist Efim Volkov loved to depict nature in all its beauty. He painted landscapes of the Middle East and the Crimea, but his heart was given to the nature of central Russia. He portrayed her with special love and spiritual trembling. The artist did not seek out beautiful landscapes. The plot of his paintings became modest corners of Russian nature. He did his best to convey in the picture their charm and poetry.
The painting “At the End of Winter” depicts the state of nature after the retreat of frosts. Russian forest wakes up after hibernation. Snow begins to conceal and snow-white drifts gradually turn into puddles. Winter has lost its severity, has become easy and gentle. The forest breathes freshness and a premonition of warmth.
The picture is made in soothing colors. In the foreground – last year’s yellow grass, small snow-covered patches of land and puddles. A little further you can see the bare trees. Birches and other deciduous trees stand bare and seem to stretch their branches towards the sky, and spruce trees delight with their lush greenery. The forest in the background is shrouded in a gray haze, and the upper part of the picture is occupied by a white-blue sky. The reflection of heavenly blue can be seen in the puddles.
The entire canvas is saturated with the smell of spring, waiting for the arrival of heat. Soon on the horizon, bright sunshine, chirping birds, and leaves begin to appear on the trees. The forest will change its appearance. The snow-covered areas in the picture seem to demonstrate the reluctance of winter to leave, but the abundance of bright colors hints that spring has already won, drove off winter and opened its arms to Russian nature.