All the paintings of the artist in one way or another reflect the grief that lurked in his soul. He loved to depict the elders and monks who had escaped from the reality of the world. They found shelter in monasteries.
Volkov incredibly loved the nature of central Russia. During a trip to the Crimea, the south did not impress him. A magnificent picture appears before the viewer. We see a rocky shore, a river, lush greenery and shady trees. Juicy colors are so natural that it seems that this is not a picture, but a photograph.
Behind the trees on the left stands the monastery. He is all white and is one of the brightest in the whole picture. Before the viewer appears monk, going for water. The plot is so simple. Everything that happens is completely mundane, but this is where the beauty lies. Vasilyev with extraordinary skill conveys the charm of Russian nature.
The picture is called “At the monastery” is not accidental. Man found peace in the monastery, but all nature around him was in favor of this. She is so ordinary and simple, but at the same time incredibly wonderful, truly grand. The quiet splendor of the river, lush greenery and majestic sky. In this world, there is nothing that can compare with the beauty of the nature of central Russia.
Vasiliev used muted colors in his creation. They are as natural as possible, but at the same time they are slightly muffled. The artist conveys the juicy shades of green, the beauty of the summer sky, the special charm of quiet water. The stony shore is clearly spelled out. The viewer seems that the stones are voluminous. The ladder that descends from the hill to the shore seems the same tangible. Every step of her is spelled out incredibly clearly. The monk’s figure is dark enough, his features are deliberately not spelled out to emphasize the typicality of his image.
For Vasiliev every detail was important. It is precisely from such seemingly insignificant trifles that an enormous, truly ambitious picture emerges.