Arkhip Kuindzhi mainly painted landscapes that were at the peak of popularity in the 1870s. This is because a wave of popularity of the ideal of humanism has appeared. Inspired by folk values, the artist set to work. First of all, in the paintings he embodied human values, wealth not only physical, but also spiritual.
The central figure of the idealistic world is becoming - nature, which is constant, changing and creating amazing strength and beauty of landscapes. But this was not always the case, until that time, it was a high art to depict the gray and boring landscape of Russia indeed, but thanks to creative ascetics, this barrier was broken.
Kuindzhi began to create colorful paintings, admiring the simple and ordinary things. For example, fields flooded with moonlight and many other natural phenomena. He romantically showed the playfulness and tenderness of the environment.
The painting “Evening in Ukraine” depicts the harmony of the worlds: natural and artificial. It is worth taking a closer look at how the house "merges" into the environment, not being the center of composition, but maintaining integrity. It seems that time has stopped, leaving a moment when the sunset left its mark on the roof and walls of the houses. Nature, gently envelops and wishes a quiet night to everything around.
The picture is filled with vibrant energy and speakers, everyone will be able to vividly imagine how the evening goes in the village, even despite people who would be superfluous. The canvas depicts the unity of the earthly and human. The picture does not scream in its colors, only gently relaxes from the hardships of the past day.
Kuindzhi was able to create a new technique for using paints. Critics of that time believed that the glow of paints was nothing more than physiological irritation in the eye. The artist’s followers were able to prove that it was Kuindzhi’s skill and talent, which he was able to achieve a forced color and use as a standard for a new aesthetic.
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