After participating in the northern expedition of Savva Mamontov, a Russian artist, Konstantin Korovin, plans to create a series of paintings about the life of the North. Thus, the painting “Northern idyll” appears from under the artist’s brush in 1886, because the painter was captivated by the beauty of the nature of the harsh northern land, as well as the purity of the soul of the local population.
The canvas depicts the pre-evening time: on the slightly darkened sky the month has already appeared. Everything around is green, the grass carpet is covered with wonderful daisies, the gentle melody of the flute sounds, which the shepherd lies on the grass. Three peasant girls in bright-colored sundresses enjoy the coolness of the evening pore and sway slightly to the beat of the sounding melody. The artist gave their faces both strictness and lyricism at the same time. He also perfectly conveyed with the brush all the magnificence of folk patterns and details of the attire.
The manner of the master’s sweeping letter reveals to our gaze clearly delineated figures of girls against the background of an overcast sky and low northern trees.
The artist focused on the red color. However, I must say that on this canvas, Korovin harmoniously combines the contrast of three colors: white, green and red, which are so loved by the Russian people. It turns out that the painter gave the picture a folk direction, emphasizing the inextricable link between national beauty and nature.
True, the images of girls seem a little cheap. Korovin himself felt that the figures somehow did not connect with the landscape, so he decided to reunite them with the beauty of white daisies on green grass. Thus, the amazing beauty of the northern landscape and brightened the prevailing impression of the discrepancy, because in the “Idyll” we have the opportunity to observe the saturation of colors, even in the period of the evening.
Having created such impressive scenery with his wide and sweeping strokes, Korovin presented us with a truly magnificent masterpiece.