Description of the picture:
The courtyard. Winter – Savrasov. 1870s Canvas, oil. 53×43 cm
An amazing feature of the work of Aleksey Savrasov is that his paintings can be considered for a very long time, looking for ever new details that do not at all give the form and content “crumble”, but on the contrary, only enhance the overall impression of the work. The canvas “Yard. Winter ”, written in the 1870s. The painter depicted a tiny cozy peasant courtyard covered with white snow.
I must say Savrasov was very fond of the Russian province, he studied a lot of usual, at first glance, places. On the whole, his work has gone from majestically panoramic preferences to an almost intimate “landscape corner”. It was the choice of a mature artist.
The whole small courtyard is covered with a white veil; houses and buildings are covered with the same white hats. Poultry roam in a small, cozy space – they ran in a crowd with fresh grain sprinkled with a mistress. A large village window looks important at this whole idyllic picture. A little at a distance you can see a very small structure resembling a kennel. The whole courtyard is surrounded by a low dense fence. Behind the fence, other houses with chimneys are visible, next to which the same cozy courtyards are guessed. The picture delights with its mood and almost tangible atmosphere – it seems worth taking a sigh and you will feel the frosty air that will not hurt your face.
Art critics suggest that the painting depicts a Moscow courtyard, although it is difficult for modern viewers to imagine that such provincial towns were in Moscow. However, the entire context of the picture relates the canvas to rural painting, and not urban painting.
Like Savrasov’s contemporaries, today’s viewer, looking at the picture, cannot help but feel with what love the painter depicted every detail, with what admiration and respect he treated rickety fences, unsightly huts, bare trees. This was the great soul of the artist."