Description of the picture:
On the boat. Abramtsevo – Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov. 1880. Oil on canvas. 58 x 106.5 cm
This charming picture seems to be a fragment of a life that has permanently disappeared, taken out of context and instantly captured by the master’s genius. An unpretentious plot does not exclude a uniquely detailed, high-quality study of each detail, of which there are a great many on the canvas.
Two ladies have fun skating in a boat, which is controlled by a brave young sailor in a pretty shape who is flushed with effort and fresh air. The surface of the water is absolutely calm, on it there are traces only from the oars of the boat. The picture is dominated by saturated, but dull green tones – of this color and water, and its surrounding low, with dense vegetation of the coast. Calmness literally emanates from the canvas, it seems as if you catch the subtle aromas of grass, flowering water lilies and the humidity coming from the water.
A massive dark tree bent low above the water, it can be seen that the roots did not hold it on the shore, and now it is quietly dying, becoming a refuge for many flowering water lilies with elegant floating leaves. Several flowers are shown in the foreground of the canvas, and a pile of the same plants hang from the edge of the boat. It becomes clear the reason for the trip – ladies collect water lilies for bouquets and wreaths.
This sweet and touching painting impresses with the artist’s skill. At first glance, his unprecedented talent showed himself in an unpretentious canvas, because only a genius could cope with so many small, but very important detailed details."