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Description of the painting Konstantin Korovin "Gurzuf"


Korovin Konstantin Alekseevich - Russian artist-impressionist. His painting “Gurzuf” belongs to the so-called “Crimean” period of creativity. In Gurzuf, Korovin had a summer house, where he loved to relax and paint. There are several paintings with the same name - "Gurzuf".

One of them was created in 1917. Here the artist depicted the lush and vibrant nature of the southern coastal town. This canvas literally stuns with an abundance of flowers and variegation. This is especially surprising if you recall how difficult this picture was for the country. But the artist did not change his artistic principles to please the requirements of the era.

From the first glance at the picture one can recognize the characteristic Korovin style of depiction: wide, bright strokes, from which a little ripples in the eyes. Therefore, it is better to look at the canvas from a certain distance. Only then can you truly see and appreciate it.

In the painting "Gurzuf" the composition is built diagonally. In the lower left, we see a multicolor lawn on which two young trees grow. The crowns are depicted a little carelessly, it seems that the leaves are about to fly off, picked up by gusts of the south wind. Thin tree trunks are directed upwards, adding a picture of lightness and movement. The cone-shaped tree growing on the other side of the path paved with light stone repeats the same aspiration upwards.

These trees in the foreground of the picture, as it were, limit the canvas on the sides, giving the composition a kind of chamberness and completeness. From the right edge, a path leads to the center, as if bathed in sun. It rests against a bright turquoise arch, beyond which you can see the sapphire surface of the sea. Parallel to the diagonal of the path is a line of mountain ranges that the artist painted in a mysterious purple hue.

Despite the presence of perspectives and different plans in the picture, in general, Korovin’s canvas is a bit like a bright and colorful theatrical decoration. But this theatricality does not interfere at all with enjoying the juiciness and liveliness of the colors that permeate this masterpiece of fine art.





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