Since childhood, the famous Russian modernist Alexander Benois was drawn to the study and portrayal of European and Russian baroque. He with great success in his works united traditional Russian folk art and modern European currents. The atmosphere in his childhood in his house greatly contributed to the development of artistic skills, so he began to draw very early.
During his life in Paris, Alexander Benois closely studied the life and art of the era of Louis XIV. At that time he creates a series of paintings, dedicated to the extraordinary beauty and elegant magnificence of Versailles. The loftiness of the 16th century Benois shows the viewer through the prism of the 20th century.
On the canvas “Versailles. The King’s Walk” structures and nature become one. The long glorious history of many royal families is kept in these alleys, statues. Benoit in his painting depicted the image of a whole era of the past. Versailles gardens are a magnificent example of French baroque.
The canvas “Versailles: The King’s Walk” is filled with the atmosphere of the Versailles Park. The gray vestments of the sky occupy a large space in the picture. The rays of the sun shine through the clouds, the shady alley stretches into the distance and divides the park into two parts. A quiet, tranquil landscape is animated by the small figures of the king and his small suite. The king, an old man, is carrying a young servant in the carriage, two others are coming from behind and talking about something.
Using Alexander Benoit’s pencil adds a certain volume to the picture.