All works by Konstantin Somov are very life-loving, reflect the spirit of the era, and at the same time are equipped with an inherent sadness with a touch of skepticism, melancholic. So characterized the work of Somov, one of his closest friends, Alexander Benoit.
At the beginning of the 20th century, and more precisely in the period from 1900 to 1902, this reality was embodied in the painting “Evening” in the view of Somov. Ladies and gentlemen, possibly masquerade participants, come to life. They are exquisite, but at the same time deeply erotic, the intimacy of their postures.
The picture is completely stylistically thought out, all the details are selected according to some very slim march of colors. This is quite consistent with the style that Somov chose for his life – sophistication and elegance bordering on a riot of deep feelings. The style of the XVIII century is slowing down here – the sky is static, the sculptures in the park are silent witnesses of the action, the arcades are repeated, the bosquets alternate and move into the distance, the characters accept some ritual movements.
Contemporaries perceived the “Evening” as a detachment from reality, opposition. The ostentatious naivety of a past epoch, which has not even risen to the rails, and, all the more distant to the heavenly surface, to conquer, how it can take possession of nature, take up its seduction.
Somov’s picture, of course, combines a retrospective and even nostalgic analysis of a bygone generation, but not without imagination, imagination, absurdity of everything that happens. The game, completely devoid of life, envelops the viewer, immerses him in an atmosphere of mystical and even automatic eroticism.