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“Window”, Victor Borisov-Musatov - description of the painting

“Window”, Victor Borisov-Musatov - description of the painting

Window - Victor Elpidiforovich Borisov-Musatov. 62 x 47 cm

Victor Elpidiforovich Borisov-Musatov already in childhood knew what he would do all his life. Konovalov, who discerned the artist’s talent as a young man. Two years later, he will paint his first picture, depicting on it his house in the city of Saratov.

Warm summer evening. A cozy corner - the wide-open window can be seen behind the dense thickets of flowers. Ash-beige paint on a smooth wall emphasizes the soft glow of white paint on a narrow wooden frame and open shutters with frequent slats. The translucent sparkling glass reflects a tree and a smoky gray sky. The light lace curtains are parted, but nothing can be seen in the room at dusk.

The window sill is almost completely hidden behind the greenery of the overgrown front garden. Near the ground, hosta's white flowers swing on thin stems. Thin brown branches of fuchsia with graceful red-violet bells stretch upward. Wide yellow-green sunflowers on thick stems unfurled towards the light, and coral-pink nasturtiums blossomed somewhat near them. Lacy foliage of tall flowering shrubs gracefully frames the window opening.

The artist uses a rich palette of green shades: from dark green, almost black, to bright malachite, blue-green, olive and emerald. Reddish-brown and coffee-gray halftones with small spots of scarlet, lilac and pink sound very harmoniously nearby.

The fascinating ornament of various leaves interwoven with fragile flowers, creating a dreamy mood, admires with its beauty. An open window beckons to return home, casting memories of home comfort and warmth. The house is waiting for the return of the owners. A trampled path that separates the audience from the image adds a touch of mystery to the canvas.

The poetry of the painting is given by dim evening light and transparent air filled with the aromas of flowers.

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