Alexey Petrovich Bogolyubov’s painting “The Monastery” was painted in oil on canvas in the 1860s.
Genre – landscape, direction – realism.
Quiet autumn day. Trees gilded by leaves give the last beauty before leaving for winter rest. In the clear air reigns tranquility and tranquility. Thoughtfully and majestically stands on the banks of the sleeping monastery river. It occupies a very small part of the picture, but instantly attracts the attention of the red bell tower, the snow-white fortress walls and the golden heads of the temples. Life is in full swing – a group of parishioners is standing on the shore, men are ruling the boats, preparing to set off.
The overall golden tonality pervades the whole picture, playing an important role in collecting the composition. Gold depicts leaves floating freely in the air and shrouding trees, heads of temples, reflections in the river, clouds, a strip of forest in the distance. Moving from detail to detail, the viewer enjoys calm colors, spirituality, the height of the usual autumn day that flows near the monastery. Light blue color and extraordinary transparency fills the river and sky. There is very little red in the picture – the look from the man’s red shirt in the boat passes to the parishioners’ clothes and, finally, to the red-brown bell tower. The green color is even smaller – from the green grass in the river, the viewer slowly walks along the fortress wall and faces the green roofs of the monastic buildings.
The composition is constructed in such a way that the viewer, regardless of what he first paid attention to, ended up in the center of the picture, where the monastery is located. The temple, the bell tower is released with reluctance, forced to return to them again and again, to consider the details, enjoy the color and peace.
With great skill worked out water, sky and forest. The work is filled with lyricism, grace, beauty.
The work is stored in the Penza Regional Art Gallery. KA Savitsky.