Oak, along with white-birch birch, is an eternal symbol of Russian lands. The artist Aleksey Savrasov decided to paint the picture “Oaks” almost immediately after graduating from art school. Despite the fact that the work was done by a very young and unformed master, the handwriting in the future of the famous Russian landscape painter is already visible here.
Despite the fact that the work is called “Oaks”, the main goal of the master was not to show us these beautiful, majestic trees, but to convey the spirit and mood of nature. When you look at the picture, you immediately begin to feel this smell of a stream flowing between the reeds. Everyone has known this fragrance since childhood, it is native and always evokes pleasant memories.
It is difficult to say what time of day is shown in the picture. Perhaps this is a very early morning, when the first birds just started to sing, announcing the imminent dawn. And perhaps the artist depicts an approaching sunset, during which cicadas and crickets so pleasantly sing.
In the very center of the work, the artist depicted two oaks. These are powerful, tall trees that have been protecting the local nature for many years. Their trunks are completely black, tall. Here and there they are covered by lush greens. The trees are located very close to each other. They have practically grown together, but their intertwined, tangled roots do not interfere with the growth of trees higher and higher. Oaks are slightly inclined to the right. Perhaps, strong winds often blow here and trees try to hide from sudden gusts of air. But now everything is quiet and calm. A slow river flows nearby. It is shallow, rather like a brook, which appears in these places only during the absence of a long drought. The river neatly goes around the oaks, creating a slight twist near the trees. Around the reservoir - reeds and shrubs. There are no more trees in the district. All attention is focused only on these two perennial oaks.