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"Homeland", Apollinar Mikhailovich Vasnetsov - description of the painting

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Homeland - Apollinaris Mikhailovich Vasnetsov. 49.2 x 72 cm

The Vyatka province with its wide plains, dense protected forests, transparent lakes has always served as a source of inspiration for Apollinar Mikhailovich Vasnetsov, who throughout his life has created excellent chamber and epic landscapes of his small homeland.

From a small hill in front of us lies a magnificent panorama of the Russian plain. Summer day. Gloomy, ash-gray clouds float low above the ground, pulling the high sky. Light blue azure is still visible through the gaps, and fluffy pearl-lilac and white cloudy caps slightly glow near the horizon.

In the rays of the sun, breaking through the clouds, the tender olive green greens of thick grass, and the dark emerald rows of potatoes, and silver-mint overflows of ripening bread seem brighter.

A little village lies a little further, between the illuminated brownish-gray roofs of peasant houses, a crane well is visible. The forest turns dark blue in the distance, the water surface of the river gleams. A white church on a hill is clearly visible against the sky.

But the picture is not static: the peasant slowly and measuredly follows the plow, urging the tired horse. Birds swirl over the fields, it is important to walk around the arable land.

Another plow lies at the edge of the plowed, dark brown earth in the foreground of the picture. And next to a flowering meadow, butterflies flutter inaudibly over bright blue, lavender and violet flowers. Smells of damp chernozem, delicate aroma of wildflowers are dizzy. The artist’s palette is not bright, he uses very few colors, but a rich variety of calm shades of blue, gray and green colors, harmoniously combined with each other, fill the image with soft light and air.

Such a vast expanse before your eyes! The simplicity and grandeur of nature fills with a sense of peace, delights with beauty, fills with inner strength.