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“Paris after the rain”, Konstantin Korovin – description of the painting

Description of the picture:

Paris after the rain – Konstantin Alekseevich Korovin. 1900. Oil on canvas.
This painting is an excellent example of impressionism painting. If you stand very close to the canvas, you can not see anything concrete, only a mishmash of energetic, large color strokes. But as soon as you move away, everything falls into place and the impression of the picture changes. It becomes an integral and very effective image of wet night Paris – such as it is seen through a veil of rain hastening to an accidental passer-by rushing about his business. This effect is the very impression or impression that the impressionist painters sought.

The picture is designed in pleasant, cool greenish-olive and yellowish tones. That is how the moonlight seems through the rain streams. He fills the whole city with a ghostly radiance, dissolving the contours and turning everything around into the scenery of a fairy tale play.

The canvas depicts one of the Parisian boulevards with tall and lush trees. Passers-by roam the wet, glistening road from the water, lonely fiakras ride, and the trees heavy with rain serve as original backstage. The houses behind them merge with the color of the sky, which makes them seem airy and completely unrealistic. They resemble the contours carved in the lemon night sky. Only the windows glowing with yellow give the buildings volume and expression – people live there.

There are only a few bright light spots in the picture – this is the moon, weak gas lamps and glare from them on wet surfaces. They add expressiveness to the canvas, revive it.

In the complete absence of clear contours of any objects and characters, the picture perfectly conveys the general impression that night Paris left after the rain. This effect is the feature that distinguishes the painting of impressionism.

The overall color scheme is very gentle, muffled. It has a lot of greenish hues. They convey a wet night, while cold blue and purple colors are great for depicting a “dry” night. Korovin perfectly understood this, specially introducing a dense black color into his work. It perfectly sets off delicate pearl colors, adding relief, expressiveness and volume to the canvas. This technique changes the perception of the picture and makes it more spectacular.

The artist paid much attention to Paris, he was his favorite city until his death. This love is clearly felt in all his paintings depicting this wonderful city."

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