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Description of the painting by Victor Borisov-Musatov "Hazel bush"


The picture was painted in oil on canvas in 1905 in the last year of the artist's life.

The canvas refers to post-impressionism. Borisov-Musatov is known for his landscapes, which are covered with a haze of unreality.

Hazel bush is a painting that was painted on the terrace of Tarus, where the artist lived and was buried. He loved the landscapes of those places, especially the mighty waters of the Oka River. The place where the hazel bush was written from is the summer house where Borisov-Musatov painted several of his panoramas depicting Oka. They formed a cycle on the autumn theme.

From the colors of the canvas, we can conclude that autumn has only just begun to take over, as there are both yellow and green leaves among the vegetation. But the weather was very cool, the artist imprinted it in gray heavy clouds.

Hazel leaves shiver chillly from the autumn coolness. All colors are intertwined, creating a common deep plot. The cold waters of the Oka River slowly flow in the background. Somewhere far away on the horizon is a blue streak of heaven.

In the center across the river, the artist painted yellow fields resting after harvest. But the most important attention is drawn to the hazel bush, which has spread its yellowed thick branches in the foreground. There was no more green on it. It is as if drawing its branches to slender aspens.

Borisov-Musatov's paintings are filled with the depth of colors and the author’s love for Russian landscapes. The plot of the canvas Hazel bush is simple, but this does not reduce the author’s love for those places. Each stroke is written with the artist’s soul embedded in it.

He did not live a long life for only 35 years, but during this period he created 77 paintings that will forever remain in the heritage of our country. He is buried next to the place where the picture of their autumn cycle was painted.





Madonna Conestabile


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