Description of the painting by Igor Grabar “Chrysanthemums”

Description of the painting by Igor Grabar Chrysanthemums

In the 20th century, Grabar developed the rather traditional genre of still life so popular in the 19th century. In his painting “Chrysanthemums” in a peculiar way several different genres are combined. The main thing is the point of view that the viewer adheres to at one time or another. When we look at the landscape closely enough, we see only large flowers. But when you change the point of view, when we look at the still life from a distance, other details of the interior become visible. Habitual boundaries of the genre are artistically blurred by the colors of an impressionistic character. The whole image as if consists of one substance.

The painting was written in 1905. It is important that this magnificent creation is created in the interior of a bright light. All items are like fluffy. If we consider relief painting close up, it seems that she – whole incredible beauty of placers of shadows and fairy-tale highlights. If, on the other hand, you take the picture a little away and look at it from the side, then it is immediately filled with the wonderful playings of the magnificent mother of pearl. Chrysanthemums of bright yellow color in the bluish light that falls on them, in a fancy way, change their color. It seems that the color becomes completely different, acquiring a certain greenish tint.

Grabar with his magnificent still lifes opened a completely new understanding of this seemingly traditional genre. His interpretation is completely new. He not only depicts objects, but skillfully plays with light and shadow, uses all the power of colors and light. As a result, we see not just still lifes, but something more. The boundaries of creations are miraculously moved apart. Pictures are filled with new content and other sound. Important, that in all the works of the Grabar of the impressionist genre the light always triumphs. He dominates everything, illuminating everything around and penetrating into the details, creating completely new sensations.

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