Creativity of Victor Borisov-Musatov stands apart from the works of other artists of the late 19th – early 20th century due to the attempt to create some very personal, intimate world in their paintings. His works do not describe the era – they talk about the life of the artist, sometimes completely ignoring the existence and historical elements, they are full of melancholy and longing for the deceased.
The idea of the picture “Pond” to Borisov-Musatov came to the estate of the princes of Prozorovsky-Golitsyn, where he rested in the summer of 1902. Near the small pond is a sitting woman – this is the artist’s passionately beloved wife, a fragile figure in a cloak, standing next to him – his sister. The clouds in the water reflect very clearly, like frozen in the blue sky, the shadows of the same immovable trees – the entire canvas is filled with a deep, ringing silence that makes a person feel both their greatness and insignificance.
Painting Borisov-Musatov “pond” very impressed critics, artists, and all contemporaries of the painter with his inner poetry, hidden behind oil smears. Beautiful work, amazing velvet paints, the clarity of the transfer of the sky, the foliage of trees, the quiet smoothness of the pond. The woman in the blue dress is the artist’s wife – the central color and compositional element of the picture: the juicy bright blue color of her dress determines the color scheme and mood of the whole work.