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Description of Arkhip Kuindzhi's painting “Night”


This picture of Kuindzhi is considered to be his testament. The circumstance of the incompleteness of the picture here appears as a symbol of the eternity of the creative path. This association is enhanced by the moonlight of the endless plains - as if eternal light on the horizon.

In the picture, the calm of the southern night seems to be preparing for morning. This expectation of dawn is underscored by the presence of a herd of horses (with unfinished figures) that graze on the hill. Kuindzhi’s mastery, his unique sensitivity is especially manifested in the sensation of increasing moonlight. The moon itself, illuminating the horizon despite its timidity, hangs, as it were, with a "modest" sickle above the plain, indicating its nightly rights over nature. Yes, of course she is not the sun, but her bewitching light adorns the plain in her own way.

The sky in the picture is almost cloudless, and rare clouds as another good touch, emphasize the greatness of the night sky.

The painting "Night" surprisingly combines sadness and hope. In this sense, of course, the river plays its role. Her tape in its desire to merge with a transparent sky goes into the distance. Wide and watery, at the same time with a peaceful and calm surface, it is also ruled by night and the moon. The reflection of the latter before the extreme bend in the picture is an animating river and the picture as a whole. The sad river near the hill at the end brightens and represents hope.

The night landscape did not prevent Kuindzhi, as always, in all its splendor from reflecting the space. And yet, in the picture, each figure harmoniously merges into the overall theme. This also applies to the foreground of peacefully sleeping people.

The composition of the painting “Night” is composed according to all the rules of the classics. The picture is dominated by shades of gray, but this does not make it gloomy. Here, the gray color with its shades makes everything clean and transparent.

According to Kuindzhi's picture, the most pronounced sensations are the expectation, the expectation of dawn and the expectation that the invisible hand of the master will complete it.





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