Soviet artist Arkady Plastov painted the painting “In October” in the early fifties of the twentieth century. Perhaps this is one of his most minimalist works. The foreground shows a tree with fallen leaves, on its top a pair of the last leaves, ready to break under the severe autumn wind down.
We see a wide field of sand color interspersed with amber, saffron and pomegranate flowers, and in the distance you can see trees covered with golden decoration and distant unexplored horizons. The sky of steel shade as if conveys the coldness and windiness of a calm October day. In the wind float single leaves.
The picture radiates cold harmony. Emotionally, she conveys loneliness and depression. It seems as if nothing living on this piece of land is left. Colds kill everything around and every life dies until the next spring. On the canvas only the piercing wind reigns, elusive for the eyes, but tangible by the subconscious. Nature seemed to stop, stopped for a while in a quiet, sad dream.
This canvas is significantly different from all the works of the artist. After all, bright, emotional plots that reveal deep stories from the life of a simple Russian person are usually peculiar to him. He describes everyday work and the rich nature of rich, varied colors, embodying in them poetry and lightness. The layers are always shared with the observers of Russian folk traditions, reflecting in the works the life of a modern person.
“In October” contrasts sharply with traditional life-affirming, optimistic canvases. Nevertheless, this canvas is one of the most successful works, it shows us how, it would seem, a one-sided artist can show a completely different facet of his work.