The nature and culture of Russia were ideological inspiration for many creators. Among them is the famous artist Boris Kustodiev. The master admired the harsh winter and the festive rites of ordinary people. He forever kept one of the sunny days on the canvas “Winter. Shrovetide Festivities. "
The combination of bright carnival colors is the most striking for the viewer, thanks to the calm background. In the middle of the snows there are many people, three horses, domes of local churches. Before us is a real fairy tale: fair, carousels, children's laughter. This riot creates the impression of a holiday, charges with its mood. The picture is painted, as if from a height. Thanks to this, the abundance of parts does not burden the space.
It seems that only a person full of vitality and energy can create such a masterpiece. However, when studying the biography of the artist, completely different facts are revealed. Boris Kustodiev was long and hopelessly ill. Only his work helped him maintain his natural optimism and share it with others. "Winter. Maslenitsa festivities ”a silent command for those who are sad or sad. The work encourages you to keep the light within you in any circumstances and be able to convey it to people. In addition, the picture is religious in nature. The image of the church is light and bright, as is the author’s faith.
The author wrote many works from memory, being able to subtly and skillfully reproduce even the smallest details. As if ironically, the canvas is stored in St. Petersburg, in the apartment of one of the most pessimistic poets of Russia - Joseph Brodsky.
Isaac Levitan Pictures