Description of the painting by Konstantin Korovin “Flowers and fruits” (1911)

Description of the painting by Konstantin Korovin “Flowers and fruits” (1911)

Description of the painting by Konstantin Korovin Flowers and fruits (1911)

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, still life has become one of the most important and significant genres in the artist’s work. The favorite subjects of the master are flowers, wine, fruits, hunting trophies, fish. Mostly painter interested in roses with their wealth of shades and captivating charm. In still life, seduces the resolution of an intricate artistic problem. The author depicts a beautifully laid festive table with a solemn white tablecloth, decorated with a flower arrangement.

Roses and fruits in vases, plates with snacks, a decanter and a bottle of wine, grape wine in a glass – all this against the background of a wide open window, illuminated by artificial light. Glare of light bulbs reflected on the bottle glass, decanter, vase. White and purple roses shimmer moistly in the dim light of gathering twilight. The bright azure color of this upcoming evening fills the entire space of the window and penetrates the room, giving it mystery. In the window opening, the lights of night Paris light up, echoing the lighting of the room.

Thick color of roses is associated with evening comfort and peace. In addition to the bouquet, the color in the vase on the table is attached to the picture: red and red-yellow apples, black grapes, delicate peaches, purple plums. The colors on this canvas appear in full force. The same shades look like dark silhouettes against the background of sky lights, then they are highlighted in the half-light of the room. The bluish and white colors of the setting reinforce the impression of azure.

A single cool color is highlighted with festive colors of flowers and fruits. With them echoes gloss table glass. Warm tones gleam on the vase, slip along the edges of the glass and flash in its depth, overlapping among themselves. The painter is amazingly able to convey the nuances of the same colors. For example, juicy colors of recently picked roses – from purple to pale pink. Blue, azure and blue hues are also delicately correlated, and therefore the audience understands the materiality of things: the friability and fleshyness of rosebuds, the density of ripe fruit, the fragility of glass. This is manifested by the artist to the strongest color contrasts.


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