A sketch on the basis of which the famous painting “Noon. In the vicinity of Moscow ”, designed by the artist in the mid 60-ies of the 19th century, when the artist spent the summer in the old landowner estate Brattsevo, located northwest of Moscow. Of the many sketches created, the basis for this picture was the most elaborated.
In the painting, the artist managed to depict a peculiar “ideal” Russian landscape: a field through which a curved country road goes, a small rivulet, a hill, a poor village with a towering church bell tower flows in the distance. He found nature for the landscape in the vicinity of the village of Brattsevo.
It should be noted that the landscape is uncharacteristic for Shishkin’s work. Most of the artist's works depict the forest. Here is boundless expanse, a huge sky, occupying a significant part of the canvas. Despite the fact that the image of the sky never occupied Shishkin's attention, on this canvas he was able to perfectly display an amazing clear sky filled with ashen-silver clouds with bright sunlight breaking through them.
Unusual for Shishkin and the image of people. Most often on his canvases one can see a self-sufficient nature, and very rarely - a person. Local peasants with tools are walking along a country road here. There are other signs that in this place nature submitted to man.
The picture depicts rural life, its foundations, peasant work, repeated from year to year. Being one of the best works of the painter, “Noon. In the vicinity of Moscow ”stands apart in his work.
The painting is the first Shishkin painting acquired by the famous merchant Tretyakov for the newly created gallery. After that, Tretyakov at all Traveling Exhibitions was looking for precisely Shishkin landscapes. And the artist himself received public recognition and a certain financial success.