The painting was the last one that the artist agreed to exhibit in public. Within a few months, he will refuse to exhibit and his work will become inaccessible to the viewer for several decades.
The main feature of the canvas is its modesty.
The lack of bright colors and playing with light makes the landscape peaceful. It creates a transparency effect: the river is lost in the predawn fog. Foreground with a lush green river turns into a calm white color of transparent waters of the Dnieper and the sky.
The predominance of white, delicate pink and yellow colors makes it possible to assert about the features of impressionism present in the picture. But the main task was to create the impression of the immensity of space.
Despite the small piece of steppe in the foreground and a small bend of the river in this picture there is wideness and spaciousness.
The refusal of light effects does not impoverish the picture, everything is said in its simplicity. The steppe grasses scorched by the sun and the lone bush of the burdock on the hillock are simply out of reach. But the space can be felt, but not dwelling on some bright details. Therefore, the artist and removed them from here.
The silence of the steppe seeps through what is painted on the canvas. It is filled with strength and freedom, hopes for a new beginning and peace with the steppe untouched by nobody else. Is this not what every person wants in his life: fullness of sensations and peace.
Refusing to play with the light, Kuindzhi focused on creating an air environment. White colors and pink shades give the air a glow effect, as if it absorbs the silence of the river, drinks from it to smash the peace over the whole steppe.
The thirst for peace of the artist is palpable in his latest works, to which this landscape also applies. Refusal from the bright colors of the sunset and moon tracks on the water testifies to the new perception of the world, summing up and the ability to see the beautiful even in the simple.