In Kamenev’s canvases, one can feel the poetry of Russian nature, hidden in every corner of it. Trees, bushes, woods, hills and roads are lit by the soft evening sun. Gray sky hung over the plain, stretched and frozen in a kind of waiting. In the center of the picture is a wooden sleigh harnessed by a horse. They are seated peasants returning to their native village, visible at the edge of the forest. The road goes into the distance, lost among the snow-covered fields. A small dog runs to the right of the peasants, joyfully recalling their return home.
Soft, muted tones give a feeling of peace and tranquility. The canvas depicts the Russian winter in all its glory. The rising roofs of the snow-covered huts hint at the life frozen in this place. Somewhere inside there is a hot fire, a samovar is boiled up, and people are doing their usual activities. The horse slowly walks to the village, tired of the long journey and anticipating the upcoming rest. The picture evokes kind and positive impressions, representing a small story, realized by the artist on canvas. He depicted the soul of Russian nature, which is beautiful at any time of the year.
Kamenev preferred to write lyrical landscapes filled with love for the Motherland, singing it in any forms. “Winter Road” occupies an honorable place in the Tretyakov Gallery, and thanks to her, the artist was able to get the title of academician. This small corner of the native nature, captured by the hand of the creator, as if measuring time. It awakens the most secret feelings and gives a feeling of soft, calm solitude. The artist made a huge contribution to the art of the Russian landscape, being a student of Alexei Savrasov and subsequently, becoming one of the most famous Russian artists. His paintings are true and full of mood, which is incredibly easily captured.