The beginning of the 20th century in Russia was characterized by the rapid development of industry. The construction of cities proceeded at a fast pace, and the estate life was a thing of the past. Many artificial figures began to torment a sense of nostalgia for the passing era. At this turning point, the Russian painter Sergey Arsenyevich Vinogradov creates a canvas called “Summer”, which becomes the pinnacle of the artist’s work.
The picture was painted in 1908 in the estate of V. M. Golovinka, located in the Tula region. Vinogradov was a frequent guest of the manor, he created many works in it. The estate of Golovinka inspired the artist to work, so in his picture “Summer” he wanted to convey her poetry.
The canvas has a simple plot. In the foreground there is a table with a white tablecloth, two benches and a chair. On the table is a vase of flowers. A woman is sitting on one of the benches reading a book. The second woman sits in a chair and knits. In the background you can see a big house, tall trees covered with thick greens and a clear blue sky.
The artist skillfully filled the picture with warm air. Looking at her, the viewer can almost physically feel the summer heat. Summer atmosphere creates a lot of details. So fragile girls are dressed in light white dresses, they hid from the hot sun under a spreading tree. Warm sun rays jump on the surface of the house and the ground in front of it.
The manor wall is a color accent composition. Its sand-orange color looks cozy against the background of green trees. The picture is striking expressiveness and vivid smear. She demonstrates the warm feelings that the author feels for this place.