Painting “North”, Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi – description

Description of the picture:

North – Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi. 1879. Oil on canvas. 100 30 two x 103

   The picture “North” comes immediately in two trilogies. One of their expositions, which Kuindzhi presented in one thousand eight hundred and seventy-nine years before the abyss from the social life of society completely. Together with the presented work, Birch Grove and After the Thunderstorm were exhibited. The second trilogy is already a plot – the idea of ​​the canvas came to the painter in another one thousand eight hundred and 70 two years, when he conceived a cycle dedicated to the north. At first there was the work “Lake Ladoga”, then “On the Valaam Peninsula”, and the ending accented point was “North” with a serious pine on the frontal plane and a vast horizon on the distant.

   The majestic northern panoramic landscape contains a few parts, but how much space is in the picture! The painter contrasted the near and distant plans, using the favorite technique of many Russian landscape painters – the viewer himself seems to be standing on a naked mountain, admiring the view, where a flat green steppe is cut by a zigzag ribbon of a narrow, but high-water and cool northern river.

   Most of the canvas is given to the sky, which steppes cover the horizon, giving it the opportunity to only appear a little through dense darkness. The impression of the impression of the sky is felt by the impressionists – this special nature of the transmission of the light-air medium cannot be confused with anything. Arkhip Kuindzhi’s technique is lively and intermittent with the subtlest combination of pale pink, blue and snow-white colors, merging into spectacular pearlescent overflows.

   Nothing prevents us from looking at the distance, and pine trees on the mountains only emphasize the “bare” landscape of the formidable northern region.

   It would seem that there is no dense greenery, a catchy sun, glare from the sun’s rays – only a rather greedy landscape, but how poetic and inspired it is. Kuindzhi not only managed to perspicaciously see this discreet beauty, but also reliably convey it, also breathe into the landscape some unknown mood that draws the viewer to the canvas."