The painting “Swamp in the Forest” was painted by the Russian artist Vasiliev from 1871 to 1873. When reproducing the plot, the author chose a swamp in the forest thicket surrounded by a motley color of autumn trees against a cloudy sky.
Compared with other works by Vasiliev, this one looks like an unfinished canvas. It can be assumed that the artist, if he wanted to dilute a little the beauty of a number of former canvases, emphasized in his work with clear strokes the glow of warm autumn shades. A pair of white herons, located in the foreground, gives the canvas a natural revival.
In order to brighten this autumn landscape, which conveys the sad mood of nature, the author, as usual, wrote the sky in the style of thunderclouds, which only emphasizes its contrast with the faded trees and grass, very brightly lit. Vasiliev’s small birch grove is only slightly outlined with light strokes. She seemed to rinse her branches in a small forest pond, which is so clean that even the reflection of the clouds is visible. Wilting nature is already slightly noticeable, but still does not prevail ...
With such an unusual harmony of autumn colors, the Swamp in the Forest canvas resembles a romantic autumn fairy tale, a little sad, but at the same time very elegant and colorful. And the autumn bonfire of bright red trees in the very center of the picture against the backdrop of withering grass and falling leaves, especially in the midst of a stormy alarming sky, seems to be repeating that not everything is so sad.
And the sun, for sure, will soon illuminate the earth with bright rays, because a thunderstorm, no matter how strong, is still a temporary phenomenon. But after it, as a rule, there is a sharp update in nature. Many people really like this picture, and they even read it as a symbol of optimism.
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