In 1921, the Russian artist Kustodiev was already bedridden due to a serious illness. But the painting “Spring” written by him in this period looks like a real hymn to cheerfulness. Light, pastel, as if sweet and sugar-powdered houses, heaven and earth, people and animals, everything in the picture is the personification of a certain sweet childhood dream.
The artist wrote “Spring” as a symbol of the new birth, awakening and resurrection of nature and all life. The plot of the picture is filled with events. Cotton clouds float across the soft blue sky, reflected in a movable stream of melt water. A man on a wooden crossbar offers help to two confused women in the middle of a flooded stretch of street.
In the right side of the picture, the peasant daily routine boils: a woman rolls a barrel, a guy feeds geese, pecking hens are visible in the open gate of the yard, two more men work on the roof, children play, the old man goes with his dog about his business.
On the left trade boils, the driver transports the passenger through the shallow rivulet formed. Against the background of all this activity, as if in a hazy mist, domes of churches are viewed. The kingdom of plants in the whole picture is diluted by the animal world. Even on a branch of high birch, Kustodiyev did not forget to set up a lonely bird.
In Spring, everything moves, blooms and sings. You look at her, and you feel a fresh frosty spring breeze, you hear the hubbub of a man and the voices of animals. And all this is so harmonious, well-coordinated, as if one big Russian soul is described here.
“Spring” gives the viewer a feeling of joyful awakening. The artist worked on the canvas from memory, and looking at the result of hard work, you understand how the first spring floods, nature and the Slavic people impressed him once, that reality was conveyed with such love and precision.