N. S. Krylov is a bright representative of the Safonkov school, he was at the forefront of this trend. Pictures of the artist left very little. The work “Russian Winter” is the most popular work of the master. The canvas was written from life, especially in the place chosen by the artist the whole composition was built. Such working conditions could not afford all the painters of that time. After the product made a strong impression on the exhibition.
The artist wrote the work without inventing anything. Choosing a place on the hill, he could see the whole landscape. From the hill the road leads to the shores of Tosna. The terrain is overgrown with shrubs, and in the distance you can see a forest. A winter clear day makes the colors even brighter. Clouds float on the sky, and snow plays with strange shadows.
Asleep nature revives people who are in a hurry about their business. Apparently the place is very important for residents and is located near the hole. Women and the lonely traveler walk along that road. The two women met and talk, and the lonely boy leads a horse under the reins. Perhaps he drove her to drink. Another female figure with a yoke at the ready walks through the water.
In the distance you can see a wooden house, typical of a Russian village. Women’s clothing demonstrates the originality of the Russian people and its traditions. Long fluffy skirts and apron are the traditional attire of the housewives of the time. A headscarf not only saves you from the cold, but also signals the status of a woman. The picture is written neatly, all the figures can be considered to the smallest detail.
The artist demonstrates the diligence of Russian women and their physical temperance. From the picture breathes serenity and tranquility. N. S. Krylov realistically conveyed the atmosphere of a winter day in the village. Shadows on the snow emphasize the clarity of the weather and give the canvas realism and naturalness. Perhaps because of this, the canvas is so popular today.