Description of the painting by Alexander Kiselyov "Entry into the village" (1891)

Description of the painting by Alexander Kiselyov

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The canvas is a landscape painted in the mature period of the master. It is sufficiently familiar for the realistic traditions of painting, characterized by a lack of sophistication and individuality, and this at a time when the painting preferred shine and expressiveness of the image, the impulsivity of colorful spots. It was then that the landscape of experience and mood took shape and gained wide distribution.

In the picture, a nondescript rainy twilight, a gray sky covered with heavy gray clouds with small gaps, puddles glisten on a village street. Near old dilapidated houses stands a sprawling tree in lush greenery. On the road, a wet woman, whose face is not visible, in a peasant robe with a red scarf on her head feeds chickens. Left in the foreground is a village well, above which stands an icon protected from the weather by a tiny home-made roof.

The unpretentiousness and restraint of the picturesque organization of this landscape, which has a significant moral beginning, allows us to rank it as examples of classical art. The composition of the canvas is unpretentious, but interesting and expertly executed, but the plot construction is rather intricate. When creating the landscape, the author shied away from a detailed detailed mention of all the details. He refrains from the naturalistic depiction of nature. Little things that are not related to the plot story are veiled, obscured by it, while every detail is in the right place, it appears in harmony with the environment and becomes an event.

Unstable and unreliable state of the environment reproduced by the artist. He conveys the approach of twilight, the barely lit skies, the village huts falling asleep, a faint haze curls over one of them. The author does not single out any such details; they are all united in a single inseparable harmony of the natural state, the author’s perception and the unceasingly ongoing being. The life of the village with its individual episodes is included in this philosophical plan: a rainy road, a well, orthodoxy. All these concepts merge together, forming the idea of ​​correlation of rural life with everyday life, associated with the country’s long path in space and time. The landscape, deprived of pretentiousness, expresses a picture of the world of a huge country.

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