I.E. Grabar was not only an artist, but also an art critic, scientist and connoisseur of museum craft. He was very versatile and for whatever undertook, everything worked out for him.
The main business of his life was painting, he could not imagine himself without a pencil in his hand, he drew as much as he could remember, while at school he spoiled his copybooks with his sketches.
The painting “Winter Landscape” depicts a Russian forest where birch trees intertwine with coniferous trees. The artist loved landscapes and realistically reflected the beauty of the world. He loved to contemplate the awakening of nature.
Dawn is always associated with the beginning of a new day, a new life. Yesterday is in the past, all the bad behind. Morning comes and the incredibly clean air gives a feeling of freedom. Free will from prejudice, past and hope for the best. From the image it blows with kindness and good mood.
Slightly pinkish snow and faded winter rays of the sun, which so beautifully cast a shadow from the trees, signaling the beginning of the day. Trees stand hibernated as if spellbound. A country road is seen extending deep into the thicket. Apparently this is a kind of traffic intersection. Dawn and the road symbolize the beginning of the path.
Ahead is the unknown, sharp turns, but the hope that the sun gives every morning helps to move forward. Perhaps the artist thus reflected the beginning of his path, the desire for something new.
I.E. Grabar was an addicted person, he was attracted by the unknown. In the picture, he depicted a kind of crossroads. The roads are directed in different directions, which may indicate the artist’s doubts. It’s hard for him to make a choice, two roads are dashed, which means they drive along them, but which one does he need? It is always difficult for diverse personalities to determine what interests them most.
Internal disputes and conflicts always bring spiritual discomfort. Although it is in such conditions that genuine works of art are born, such as the painting "Winter Landscape".
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