Fyodor Vasilyev painted his famous painting in 1871, which is now in the Tretyakov Gallery. It depicts a rural landscape that conveys the life of peasant life. Two women – peasant women lead geese through an old village bridge that connects the banks through a small bubbling little river.
On the bank of the river grow low bushes and huge trees, which widely spread their branches. People are in a hurry to get to the homes before the elements. Far away you can see the roofs of rural houses, over which a flock of birds is circulating – forerunners of bad weather. They express concern: they fly anxiously across the sky. In front of women is a boy, about ten years old, dressed in a red shirt, which is combined with the main background of the picture.
Dark sky covered with terrible clouds, the trees bent in the wind. It seems that there is still not much and you will feel the smell of freshness, soaring in the air before the rain. The artist transferred the tension, hovering in nature, through the play of colors. The sky far connects on the horizon with the forest. Dark blue tones in the distance turn into blue – green colors.
Everything around is filled with greatness, tension, and expectation of discharge. The artist is very interesting to depict the sky, what colors he does not use. Light pink gradually change to black. In the distance, the birch trees are still lit by the sun, which is no longer visible in the sky.
Pictures Vasiliev very poetic and harmonious. He was very fond of using the theme of rain, sky, and beautiful Russian rivers in his work. With unimaginable accuracy, he used the power of colors, they gradually shimmer from light to dark tones. How exactly he noticed everything from nature, and then put all this on paper, so that people could continue to admire these phenomena. He very clearly conveys the mystery and beauty of nature.