Painting Efim Efimovich Volkov “Sea” refers to the genre of realistic landscape painting. Today it is in the collection of the Lipetsk Regional Museum of Local History, where everyone can see it in the central exhibition.
The artist himself to democratic views, therefore, sought to describe the surrounding nature as it is, which, however, does not deprive his paintings (and he worked, mostly in the genre of landscape) of a special soft charm and some mystery.
In the picture we are depicting, the sea is in a state of excitement. Clearly written foaming waves rush into a thin strip of land, and it seems that they are about to carry a small wooden boat on the shore into the vast expanses of water. The water is turbid, greenish, which also testifies to the internal agitation of the elements, rising to the surface of sea sand, algae and small inhabitants of the water.
From above, the sky looks at the splendor of a sea-agitated landscape, slightly dark, seemingly frowning. Close thunderstorm and, perhaps, a storm, while nature is only preparing for this terrible triumph of its strength and omnipotence.
The picture is made with large strokes, which creates a special spectator effect, if you look at it from afar, it seems that the sea comes to life and very close to the waves crashing against the shore.
The viewer seems that the picture tells about his fate, the fate of the little man, who also found himself in the element of life, who is ready to devour him like this small fragile boat, standing on the sandy shore. However, everything is still in a state of uncertainty, it is possible that in an hour or two the sea will calm down, the clouds will disperse, the sun will look out, and this boat will remain peacefully standing on the ground.