- Author: Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov
- Museum: Private collection
- Year: 1893 ⇐ Click image for larger version
Description of the picture:
Feels sick. Autumn on the Oka near Tarusa - Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov. 1893. Oil on canvas. 78.5 x 117 cm
The canvas depicts a wide panorama of the river valley in late autumn. It can be seen from a high hill above the river, from which the classic Russian road leads down - two very deep ruts, squeezed out in deep autumn mud by loaded carts.
The landscape is empty and lifeless; there are no people, animals, or even birds. Nature is really getting cold - it seems that nature is frozen and afraid to even move. There is no wind, no movement of water - lead clouds hung heavily over the water, the water is smooth, frozen, prepared to be covered with a thick layer of ice.
But winter only comes into its own — there are still yellow autumn leaves on the trees, the needles are decorated with dark green spots, and the grass, even if it is withered, still covers the slopes and the banks of the river. True, there is not much time to rejoice - you need to wait a bit more, and all this will be covered with a dense layer of snow, and the river will be forged with ice.
So far, nature is falling asleep, the colors are extinguished, and the artist very accurately managed to grab this moment of transition from autumn to winter, when the bright, fiery colors of forests seem to fade, lose volume and texture, become contrasting and graphic, leaving us only two winter colors - black and white.
Other paintings of Polenov
Christ and the sinner
Place Vel in Normandy
Autumn in Abramtsevo
Lake of ginisareth
Resurrection of Jairus's Daughter
Monastery over the river
On the boat. Abramtsevo
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