"Abramtsevo. Summer landscape, Repin – description of the painting
Description of the picture:
Abramtsevo. Summer landscape – Ilya Efimovich Repin. 1880. Oil on canvas. 500 20 two x four hundred ninety mm
The airy landscape, almost permeated with the atmosphere of a summer day, depicts a beautiful terrace with a beautiful white staircase leading down from the house. The predominant color of the canvas is all greenish colors that reflect the heritage of wildlife. The beauty of a sunny warm day is reflected in every detail – the freshest color of vegetation, the terracotta color of the terrace, the snow-white dress of a walking lady – almost yells about a relaxing bliss and a moderate, stable rest.
This picture is striking in the abundance of small and at first glance inconspicuous details. The terrace is framed by a decorative flourishing border; on it at the entrance to the house, at the steps of the snow-white stairs, there are large decorative plants in tubs. The lady, standing and peering into the distance, sat for another second back in a luxurious folding snow-white chair.
The cottage is surrounded by mighty greenish trees that seem to frame the picture. This is a typical guard, protection from the whole world around us with its nasty reality. The small comfortable little world of Abramtsevo seemed to hide in this greenery, dissolved in an endless contemplative calm. The artist remarkably managed to convey the complete tranquility of nature, which is not disturbed by small human passions.
The unity of man and nature, the harmony of the old and the old with the affectionate and aristocratic, as well as the special color and enthralling composition – all this is about the “Summer Landscape”, written in one thousand eight hundred and seventy-nine by Ilya Repin.
Place of action – Abramtsevo, possession of a friend of Repin Savva Mamontov; characters – the artist’s wife walking through the wild park overgrown; Act time is one of the summer days.
Saturated dark green colors, together with a thick thicket and a crumbling weak bridge, seemed to create an oppressive heavy atmosphere, but this does not happen. The heroine in a light stylish dress seems to illuminate the whole picture from the inside. She walked around the garden and braked for a second on the bridge, leaned against the unreliable railing, staying deep in her own thoughts and enjoying the silence, so that after she could continue her own promenade through the overgrown corner of the garden.
This moment was captured by Repin, creating a beautiful picture, which can be safely called one of the best examples of Russian landscape lyrics in his work. Time will pass, and the heroine of the picture will part with the artist – we will never know the circumstances, because the painter never advertised his family problems. However, the wonderful painting “Summer Landscape” will forever fit into Russian fine art, striking with its technical and coloristic embodiment."