The picture captures the summer evening. The sun almost disappeared over the horizon, painting the last rays of the trees in red and yellow. Before us is a calm river with low banks on which trees grow. But there are no thickets of reeds, nor weeping willows. In the center of the picture, the river expands, forming a small creek. And then, skirting the shore, it narrows and disappears from the view of the trees.
The surface of the water is calm, in this place the flow is not felt. In the mirror smooth surface reflected the coast. The sky is clear, calm. Only a few light clouds are visible. The sun’s rays lit up with golden light. Birds are flying in the distance.
The picture feels the approach of the night. With the advent of twilight it is already difficult to disassemble the details of the landscape. Everything merges in gray-green paint. It is difficult to consider the details in the foreground. It is seen that on the shore and in the water are large stones. Now they look black spots. Only the tops of the trees are illuminated by the last rays.
With his usual manner, Volkov chose not a pompous landscape for the picture, but a modest look. There is nothing noticeable in the picture. But at the same time, the native landscape is recognized. Let it not cause delight, but somehow in a special way warms the soul. The most clear is the sensation will be the one who left his native land and now returned again. At this moment, the air seems delightful, and nothing irritates the eyes, on the contrary, I want to look and look at my native nature. Even at the heart of this becomes easy and calm.
Most of all Volkova was inspired by the nature of central Russia. He was a true peredvizhnik landscape painter. And in this picture also reflected his talent, able to convey a calm, poetic state of nature. To love the native land as it is, to see beauty in its dullness and modesty, this is what the artist calls for.