Description of the painting by Alexei Savrasov “Spring Day”

Description of the painting by Alexei Savrasov Spring Day

The picture Spring Day is painted in oil on canvas in 1873. The volume of the canvas is 95 x 140.

Today, the picture is open to the public and is located in the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum.

The author conveys with incredible accuracy the landscape populated by a huge number of details and small elements.

When creating this masterpiece Savrasov did a hard job. The picture looks more like a photograph, because Savrasov with all the precision of the jewelry painted all the elements of the landscape. In performing this work, the author used a graphic technique that allows for the deepest and most realistic transfer of shades of light to the canvas.

Even the smallest nuances, coming out from under the brush of a professional, become the most important symbolic units of the canvas. The surface of the picture is smooth, with no visually noticeable transitions.

In the central part of the picture there is a large puddle, in some places covered with thin ice. It reflects a clear, blue sky. In some places there is still melted snow. An equally important part of the landscape is the open gate at the beginning of the ornate path. This road leads to residential buildings. In accordance with the rules of forward perspective, the objects in the background should be less significant compared to the front.

However, the houses are so well traced that there is a feeling that the center of the picture is not at all a large frozen water, but these very ordinary houses. The trees in the picture are still bare, not awakened after a winter sleep, which indicates early spring.

Despite the abundance of cold tones, the picture is quite bright, with a clearly guessed light source.

At first glance it may seem that the painting “Spring Day” has no dynamics, but this is not so. The dynamics of the work laid down in the plot of the picture itself. Now the poultry have gone out after the cold winter and the sun is warming the snow mounds in spring.

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