Kuindzhi’s name has always been shrouded in riddles. A lot of life incomprehensibility constantly gave birth to conversations behind the back. However, his paintings were extremely clear, clear and realistic.
From the very first of his painting “The Forgotten Village”, the novice artist made him speak of himself as a mastite creator. The picture dramatically snatched one moment of the gray and miserable life of the forgotten, useless people, showed the approaching death of the village, and, as a result, even more impoverishment of its inhabitants.
All kind of canvas breathes hopelessness, melancholy and despondency. Even the nature itself is painted with rusty-dirty colors. Black, rotten houses, with dead eye sockets of windows look nowhere.
The road carefully bends around this endangered corner and runs off into the distance, where the sky is still bright. Yes, there, on the horizon, gentle blue skies, and above the village, even the blue is diluted with dirty greens.
It can be seen that the yard is autumn, however, even the hay is not collected in neat stacks, and hopelessly dumped right in the yard. And the court itself, as such, no. It is possible that there was once a fence, but now only single logs are left from it.
A scrawny cow cries out to the owner, but he is busy with his business. People do not consider it, but the whole peasant figure speaks of silent humility and quiet despair. Is there anyone else left in this corner that God has forgotten? Whether this man with his only cow can survive another winter is not interesting to anyone.
Everywhere dirt, poverty, scarcity. It seems that nature itself does not want to brighten the days of this village with at least some vegetation. Longing and hopelessness.
Kuindzhi managed to reflect so strongly all the unattractiveness and tragedy of the moment, so filling his picture with an oppressive mood that his work at the artists’ exhibition took the first place.