Hazel bush by Victor Borisov-Musatov

Hazel bush by Victor Borisov Musatov

The painting was painted in oil on canvas in 1905 on the artist’s last year of life. Cloth refers to postimpressionism. Borisov-Musatov is famous for its landscapes, which are covered with a haze of unreality.

The hazel bush is a picture that was painted on the terrace of Tarusa, where the artist lived and was buried. He was very fond of the landscapes of those places, especially inspired the mighty waters of the Oka. The place where the hazel bush was written is a cottage where Borisov-Musatov wrote several of his panoramas with the image of the Oka. They formed a cycle on the autumn theme.

According to the colors of the canvas, we can conclude that autumn has just begun to take possession, since among the vegetation there are both yellow and green leaves. But the weather was very cool, the artist captured it in gray heavy clouds.

The leaves of the hazel grouse chilly from the autumn coolness. All the colors are intertwined, creating a common deep plot. The cold waters of the Oka are slowly flowing in the background. Somewhere far away on the horizon is a blue sky strip.

In the center behind the river the artist painted yellow fields, resting after harvesting. But the most important attention is attracted to the hazel bush, which spread out its yellowed dense branches in the foreground. There was no green on it anymore. He seems to pull his branches to the slender aspens.

Paintings Borisov-Musatov filled with depth of colors and the author’s love for Russian landscapes. The plot of the canvas The hazel bush is simple, but this does not diminish the author’s love for those places. Each stroke is written with the artist’s soul embedded in it. He lived not a long life of only 35 years, but during this period he created 77 paintings that will forever remain in the heritage of our country. He is buried next to the place where the picture of their autumn cycle was painted.

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