The painting was painted in 1872.
We see the steppe, which is completely limp from the autumn rains. The sky is completely gray and dull. On the way, the bandage is trying to drive, but she constantly gets stuck in the mud. On the left are a child and a woman. It is unknown where the artist painted this magnificent landscape.
This work of the artist as realistic as possible. There is no other work of this time that so fully conveys the hopelessness of Russian life. The landscape is a shade of genre. It is he who introduces a certain sentimental shade, which is not so characteristic of Russian landscapes.
The motive of the road was characteristic of many paintings of that era. It is as endless as the patience of people. As for the color solution, it is absolutely unprecedented for a realistic landscape. His persuasiveness is as sensual as possible. We feel a special airiness of the air, which seems to be filled with moisture. It seems that one can hear the characteristic chomping of dirt along which a child and a woman walk.
The autumn landscape is as if filled with gray gloom. He talks about poor people, in whose lives everything is also dim and completely bleak.
Kuindzhi used in his picture all sorts of shades of gray and brown. There are no bright spots here, and it is not accidental. The whole image merges into a single dullness, which creates the same bleak mood for the audience. The whole existence of poor people is hopeless. Viewers feel this fully only by looking at this picture. Every detail of the autumn nature is most tangible and incredibly significant. Here everything is significant and not by chance.
A small gap we see only on the horizon. He illuminates the picture from the inside. Most likely, this autumn sun is trying, but unsuccessfully to break through the clouds. Our mood from this light does not improve. He does not help brighten up this dull landscape, which remains just as sad.