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Description of the painting by Alexei Savrasov "Grave on the Volga"


1874; canvas, oil; 81.3 x 65; Altai Regional Museum of Fine Arts.

One of the most powerful paintings by Alexei Kondratievich Savrasov is the Grave on the Volga. It belongs to the heyday of the artist, and rightfully takes place among the most recognizable paintings of the Russian school of the late nineteenth century.

Critics praised this work, calling it a landscape poem, which contains an abyss of feelings and emotions, a wide emotional spectrum, transmitted through the chosen plot, composition, colors. The combination of incredible workmanship and precision ideas make an indelible impression on the viewer. Very fond of this picture Isaac Ilyich Levitan, who found that in the simplicity of the Grave on the Volga a whole world of high poetry was concluded.

The landscape is executed in dark colors, but does not leave an oppressive impression, despite the sad appearance of a lonely grave on the river bank. The foreground of the picture, primarily striking the viewer, is as if immersed in shadow. A small curved single-barreled birch, dry herbs, a wooden blockhouse of a grave, standing separately from all worldly, living. The very personification of sadness and loneliness, however, the background contrasts sharply with this melancholy, creating an extraordinary impression. The bright, elevated distance of the sky, the expanse of the river, golden in the rays of the setting sun - with these strokes the artist makes it clear that earthly life is not finite. Sorrow passes, and something more elevated and significant comes to replace the short human existence.

Away from the dark coast, where everything is dead and abandoned, a lone bird flies away, striving for high clear skies. So the human soul, having renounced the earthly fetters, strives for eternal grace and pacification. The picture with the image of the gloomy last shelter causes the viewer a sense of purification, emotional fullness.





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