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In landscape painting, as in poetry, spring plots are highly demanded by their characteristic nature - images of the natural elements, sunlight, trees. They convey the originality of the transforming nature and the emotional state of human renewal. Such a work was the big picture by the artist Kryzhitsky “It Blew in the Spring”, first presented at the London exhibition of Russian painting in 1910. It did not in vain cause the pride of the author.
The painter thoughtfully wrote out every stroke, every nuance of the canvas: he added the friability of snow, the shadow that lay on the ravines, the reflection of the snow sparkle, went to nature to see all the details again. The picture earned the applause of the jury, it was immediately decided to purchase it for the museum. The fine poetic nature of the landscape painter gave him the opportunity to notice and display in his canvas the beauty of nature of a higher order, naturally combining the features of ascetic realism and salon academicism in it.
With his coloristic finds, the artist was at the pinnacle of modern trends in landscape painting and anxiously conveyed in the painting the eternal value of Russian nature. There is a tangible feeling of sincere love for nature and its careful study. This is a real national landscape, in which the emotional state is correctly conveyed through a palette of colors - light and harmonious. Natural lighting gives it vitality, and the style of writing fills with expression.
But this picture brought grief to the artist. A massive double tree, occupying the entire close-up of the canvas, was seen by Kryzhitsky in the photograph. Another landscape painter wrote his work from the same picture. Envious people accused Kryzhitsky of plagiarism, although the pictures looked nothing like a tree. The skill of the authors could not even be compared: the level of performance was different. But the sensitive artist could not stand it.
Pictures of Argunov Ivan Petrovich