All the artist's paintings to one degree or another reflected the grief that lurked in his soul. He loved to portray the elders and monks who fled from the reality of the world. They found shelter in the monasteries.
Volkov incredibly loved the nature of central Russia. During a trip to the Crimea, the south did not impress him. The viewer has a magnificent picture. We see a rocky shore, a river, lush greenery and shady trees. Juicy colors are so natural that it seems that this is not a picture, but a photograph.
Behind the trees to the left stands a monastery. He is all white and is one of the brightest in the whole picture. Before the viewer appears a monk walking for water. The plot is so simple. Everything that happens is completely mundane, but it is in this that lies beauty. Vasiliev with extraordinary skill conveys the charm of Russian nature.
The picture is called "At the monastery" is not accidental. Man found peace in the monastery, but all nature around him disposed to it. She is so ordinary and simple, but at the same time incredibly wonderful, truly grandiose. The quiet splendor of the river, lush greenery and majestic sky. There is nothing in this world that can compare with the beauty of nature in central Russia.
Vasiliev used muted colors in his creation. They are as natural as possible, but slightly muffled. The artist conveys the rich shades of green, the beauty of the summer sky, the special charm of quiet water. The rocky shore is most clearly defined. The viewer thinks the stones are voluminous. The staircase that descends from the hill to the shore seems to be just as tangible. Each of its steps is spelled out incredibly clearly. The figure of the monk is dark enough, the features of his face are deliberately not written to emphasize the typicality of his image.
For Vasiliev, every detail was important. It is from these seemingly insignificant trifles that a huge, truly grandiose picture is formed.
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