Polenov – “Grandma’s Garden”

A sunny morning, light and air are some of the heroes of Polenov’s paintings of the late 70s of the 19th century. His landscapes, which immediately became pearls of Russian painting, give the audience a “mood”. They are deep and human. The orderly neglected grandmother’s garden with a mansion that has not been repaired for a long time, but still strong and beautiful, does not cause painful longing for the departed, and the viewer is extremely pleased with this. On the other hand, one feels peace, light sadness and at the same time quiet joy. This is an elegy executed in a noble, refined scale: “Grandma’s Garden” conquers with the freshness of the tones of its painting.

A woman in black leaning on a cane and a woman in pink carrying a book. Old age and youth. Past and present. Two ladies help the artist to convey his thoughts and mood.

Year of painting: 1878.

Dimensions of the painting: 54.7 x 65 cm.

Material: canvas.

Writing technique: oil.

Genre: genre painting.

Style: realism.

Gallery: State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

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