The painting “Evening” by the Russian artist Nikolai Petrovich Krymov, written by him in 1920, takes us to the bank of a nameless stream surrounded by tall dark trees. The picture shows an already deep evening, not a soul around, and only a lonely boat bobbing on tired water, tied with a rope to a pole.
On the bank of the river there is a small house, apparently, the owner of the boat. Although the light of the dying day is still visible in the distance, the mood of the picture is honored as the night approaches. Trees create darkness with a wall along the riverbank. A little animated picture of the reflection of trees in the dark water. In Water, a piece of sandy beach is reflected and a rare light that comes through the foliage of majestic trees.
The foreground shows a powerful trunk of a lonely tree, which gives thoroughness to this picture. And although there is no image of a person in the picture, his presence is still felt. It seems as if a man had just tied a boat to the shore and entered the house in order to rest after hard work. Man in this case seems small against the backdrop of this majestic nature.
Krymov often turned to the image of the evening time in his landscapes. But each of them has his own special mood, different from others. And at the same time, in all the landscapes of Krymov, the artist’s love for Russian nature and for the careful attitude of man to the world around him is felt. Although the world of a village man is limited to his small, but so beloved motherland heart of the Russian people.
The artist uses a dim color palette with deep dark, but not quite dark tones. The image is like a blurry, appearing through the veil of impending sleep. It is felt that night will come soon, peace and quiet. But the picture does not cause feelings of hopelessness, because tomorrow morning will come and the owner of the boat will take up his daily business.