From childhood, Ilya Semenovich Ostroukhov had a keen interest in flora and fauna. Day after day he collected and collected unusual finds of nature. Only in his student age, Ostroukhov took up his brush and painted the first landscapes that he could find as a naturalist.
The artist followed the example of Repin, Shishkin, but did not seek to repeat them. Without any dramatization and melancholy, he created natural paintings full of life and soul.
Many artists and poets sought to convey the beauty of their native land. In the picture, we can easily find out the nature of the Moscow region. It mixed everything that characterizes Russia, its natural beauty. Spring only announces its arrival with the first green of herbs and leaves, which are still a little yellowish. In place of severe frost with notes of sadness, comes the joy of a new life.
So far, bare trunks of birch, aspen, and spruce of this mixed forest are only visible. Water conveys to the contemplator not only calm from the awakening of nature, but also a reminder that summer is not soon and the cold has not yet receded. There is a feeling that a person in this world is only a contemplator who can only observe and admire the fullness of life and the wonders of nature.
The picture is traditionally a Russian landscape, where in the morning there is coolness and silence. The sun is already touching the rays of grass and leaves. The snow has already left, and the river begins to fill, but islets of land are still visible, on which sprouts break through with barely noticeable points.
On the branches of trees nests are already woven, which will serve as a home for birds. Among the grass, you can see several colored strokes meaning flowers.
The artist uses few colors, but fully conveys the feelings that he himself experienced when he saw this beauty. Simplicity and naturalness - this is the main feature of the picture, which occupies not the last place in the Russian gallery.
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