Canvas Arkhip Kuindzhi “Moonlit Night on the Dnieper,” according to the artist, is the main product of his entire life, it was to write this masterpiece he went all his life. At an exhibition dedicated only to her, which was held in 1880, she became a sensation.
All his knowledge and talent Kuindzhi focused in order to convey the illusory nature of the moonlight and find the perfect composition for the transfer of space and mood. Such a work was the canvas “Moonlit Night on the Dnieper”. This picture so accurately conveys the radiance of moonlight and lighting effects that the visitors of the exhibition were simply amazed by the skill of the artist.
The picture is filled with harmony and tranquility; The images used are remarkable for their simplicity. The viewer’s view of the depicted landscape falls from above. The artist used this technique in order to fully depict the night sky. The source of light in the picture is the moon. Its cold light highlights the clouds and falls on the slightly troubled waters of the Dnieper. This meager light is enough to see the smooth flow of the great river, its banks.
Often, Arkhip Kuindzhi was called an artist of light. He spent a lot of energy in order to learn the exact light transmission of sunsets, shadows, moon gleams.
Despite the lack of moonlight, many objects are visible. The huts are white, there are dark foliage of trees, thickets of thick grass.
The use of a special artistic technique by the painter became the guarantee of the infinity and majesty of the image of the dark night sky. This depth is achieved due to the contrast of warm reddish shades of earth and cold silvery water and sky. The effect of special, trembling light is achieved by the artist due to the use of dark strokes in illuminated places.