The painting was painted in 1899.
Borisov-Musatov in 1898 returned to Russia. It was at this time that the artist was able to find the main theme of all his creations. This peculiar formula of the painter is quiet music of sadness about the departed. All work created during this period takes us to a special world filled with magic. Every detail: clothing, home and landscape suggests that we are transported to the 18th century. But such a painting is not historical.
The artist does not consciously copy his contemporary to him, but he, too, does not recreate the past. Each composition created by him was invented by him. What matters here is not how faithfully the details of the historical nature are conveyed. The mood, lyrical motives and special musicality are much more significant.
The Autumn Motive is one of the first paintings of this period. In it you can still feel the narration, which somewhat drowns out the sounding music. Later, from the works of Borisov-Musatov, the plot will go away completely. The main thing – a special harmony, which will become the concept of the artist’s work at this time.
The artist was able to outline a completely new way of painting development. He became a real spiritual father of artists who continued to develop his ideas. It’s amazing how strong his poetic talent is.
In this picture was born a completely new world filled with incredible romanticism. Here live very beautiful people who are in complete harmony with the natural world. If you can guess some features of the real world, they are only partly significant. The main thing – a dream, which is all subordinate. It was in this masterpiece of the painter that a particular type of heroine was defined.
Borisov-Musatov, like Gauguin, sought to become a truly natural person, who completely goes into it, feeling true unity and true harmony.