Painting by Konstantin Korovin “Winter”

Painting by Konstantin Korovin

Konstantin Korovin painted paintings in the genre of Russian impressionism. He was one of the founders of this genre in Russia. The artist got acquainted with impressionism while traveling around Paris.

He was amazed how many artists can accurately and succinctly convey important fleeting moments of the life of people, plants and animals with one stroke of the brush. Korovin tried to follow such masters as Levitan and Nesterov. At the same time, he added his own individual view of the world to their style.

Savrasov also left a big mark in his work, Korovin became his favorite student. The artist almost always painted his works from nature in order to accurately convey emotional moments and colors.

The artist went through a lot in his life, spent a long time in a foreign land. He endlessly missed his homeland, his native nature, and especially the Russian winter. All his experiences are reflected in his works.

Painting by Russian artist Konstantin Korovin Winter

The painting by Konstantin Korovin Winter was painted in 1894. This is an example of the Russian winter, which conveys all the artist’s feelings and his attitude to the nature of Russia. His work is somewhat similar to the work of the teacher Korovin. Savrasov also used the play of light and shadow to enhance the experience and show nature in early spring.

On the canvas, the viewer sees a typical Russian winter, or rather its end. The plot is closed on a small rickety village house, near which there is a cart drawn by a horse. The front of the painting is fenced off from the rest of the winter landscape.

On the hedge, as in many village villages, you can see hanging clothes and some kind of pots. This stroke, indicated by the artist, makes the picture warmer. And it shows life from the inside, home, not hidden from people.

The viewer becomes, as it were, a participant in the plot. In the center, with a dark spot, the artist singled out a horse, this is not some kind of stallion, but an ordinary village horse, which is harnessed to a cart every morning for doing chores.

The animal stands obediently waiting for its owner. He is about to appear at the door, a soft warm blanket has been laid for him in the cart. The gate is already open, apparently the owner had just left to open it and returned to the hut.

Three white frozen birches stand near the house, while birches or aspens are visible in the distance in the village. The snow and the road are depicted in a special style. The artist tried to convey the already begun melting and stickiness of the snow cover.