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Painting of the great Russian impressionist artist of the XIX century Alexei Kondratievich Savrasov "Countryside" was painted in 1873. The canvas depicts a simple and bewitching Russian land washed by freshly washed rain grass and a blurred road. In the foreground of the picture, the viewer sees only the marshland, while in the distance trees and even a golden wheat field open to him. Clouds cover the sky, but this is not for long, because of them the sun is ready to appear very soon, in order to dry out wet earth with hot summer rays.
On the right side of the picture, the artist depicts a piece of a hill, as if inviting the viewer to look behind the canvas and continue his further journey in the silence and tranquility of a country road, dawn sky and the freshness of wet grass. The picture is, as if in a foggy haze, and only in the distance a bluish sky is visible, and there are clear signs of the coming day, which threatens to be sunny and warm.
The canvas at the same time calms and brings back memories of a thunderstorm that has just passed, the reflections of which are still reflected in puddles on a country road. Despite the fact that today the picture is one of the epochal in the artist’s work, he himself was disappointed with it and did not feel much pride in the work done.
Maybe that’s why he so easily presented the “Country Road” to his friend I. Pryanishnikov, in whose closed home collection she remained for a long time, being presented to the viewer only in 1893, that is, only a few years before the artist’s death. Oddly enough, I liked the picture and even earned a lot of praise, although it was compared with paintings more characteristic of another landscape painter - Fedor Vasilyev, from which the author was not enthusiastic, defending the primacy of the idea to the very end.
Athenian School Rafael Santi