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Painted in oil on canvas in 1852 (according to another version in the 1870s), has a size of 121.5 by 195 cm. After selling at a London auction at Christie's in 2006 for more than 1.6 million pounds is in a private collection.
This is one of several paintings depicting the ancient capital from different angles and with varying lighting, painted by an outstanding marine painter after a trip to Turkey and Greece in the 40s. XVIII century., Which made him a strong impression. Many works dedicated to this city are considered worldwide recognized masterpieces.
In the master’s canvas, there are traces of romanticism in painting, such as rich colors, accentuated chiaroscuro, deeply expressed spatial composition, “admiring” the perspective and fairly free choice of plot.
Judging by the sky, sultry pre-sunset hours descend on Turkish land, when the breeze does not bring the long-awaited coolness, and it is better not to leave the saving shadow of tall trees, which makes most of the foreground characters. The Turks are dressed in traditional clothes that stand out against a darker background with spots of white wide trousers and red vests. In a wagon with a light roof, the peasant and his comrades are probably returning after a successful trading day, or travelers leave the capital for a short distance. The road along which they take their eyes leads to the panorama of Istanbul, which is spread out below, rushing upwards with towers, minarets and slender cypresses.
The entire canvas is saturated with warm shades of yellow and reddish-orange. Dark, black-brown shadows laying on the ground expressively emphasize them - nature is preparing for the coming of night. And only a piece of the sky in the upper left corner and its reflection in the sea surface carry a cold translucent blue, portending a new hot day.
Painting Surikov Morning Strelets Execution