Nikolai Petrovich Krymov was not only a well-known landscape painter, but also a painting theorist and teacher, who left behind many grateful students. The painting “By the Spring” was written by Krymov in 1907 and refers to the early period of the artist’s work.
Here Krymov captured the transition from winter to spring. In nature, this time is so fleeting and subtle that people often do not notice it. The artist in his picture seems to stop this moment, fixing it on the canvas.
In the foreground of the picture, on the right, we see a tree trunk, the same trunk stretches from the left side of the picture, as if accidentally falling on the canvas. The branches of these trees intricately weave in the sky. Spring-like trees are bare, they have neither leaves, nor even buds. Nature only awakens from a long winter sleep.
On the branches are birds, one of the main harbingers of the coming spring. But take a look! These are red-breasted bullfinches and titmouses with bright yellow colors in their plumage. Yes, winter is in no hurry to give up their positions.
Behind the trees depicted facades and roofs of houses. It seems that the whole picture Krymov painted from life, being on the roof of a neighboring house. The left part of the picture is occupied by an ordinary wood shed, gray and unremarkable. But on the house on the right, involuntarily, you want to hold your eyes. Bright colors, in which the artist painted the walls of the house and the outbuilding, attract attention and contribute to the overall spring mood of the painting.
There is still snow on the roofs, but it is clear that he is living the last days. A little more and the spring sun will finally destroy this winter sign. Through the bare branches of the trees, mosaic fragments show through the spring turquoise sky with snow-white clouds. On the roof, enjoying the first sunshine, it is important the cat walks. In the background, trees are again visible, merging in color with gray roofs.
The outlines of the picture seem a bit blurry, and the lines are indistinct. Together, this creates the impression of lightness, transparency, and crystal weightlessness inherent in the early spring.