Shat-gora (Elbrus) - Nikolai Aleksandrovich Yaroshenko. 70 x 159 cm
The painter often depicts the Caucasus Mountains. As his life approaches sunset, the theme of mountain greatness is found more and more often in his works.
In the distance stands the majestic Elbrus, touching with its white top to the sky. Wavy clouds are floating in front of him. Below the snow-white snow cap, blue rocks descend. In the foreground, you can see areas overgrown with grass weakened from height, alternating with bare ground.
The mountain is a symbol of perspective - you can see the whole area from it. The gray top of Elbrus hints that the painter will grow old soon, but his talent will remain as significant and powerful.
Yaroshenko understood power in a special way. He believed that the greatest strength is possessed by a person who lives in full accordance with his moral convictions, who is not ready under any circumstances to give them up. So, Nikolai Alexandrovich, of course, considered himself. So he was.
Recall the prospect, the opportunity to explore all the nearby mountains and villages, which goes to those who climbed to the top of the mountain. The artist identifies himself with Elbrus himself and with the traveler who could climb it and enjoy the view from above.
Yaroshenko lived a long and full of joyful and tragic events life and now can see all his achievements and oversights. He can also see if others are following the right path or, having turned the wrong way, have far deviated from the right path.
The prospect also has another symbolic meaning - the availability of opportunities for further development. Although the painter has come a long way, he does not believe that his life is completed, that she has reached her final goal, beyond which there is nowhere to go. There are still things to learn that need to be done.