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Sylvester Shchedrin was born in the family of a sculptor, rector of the Academy of Fine Arts. The boy's uncle was a famous landscape painter. Everything in the family contributed to the development of the artist’s talent - and the boy entered the Academy when he was only ten years old. At twenty-seven years old, Sylvester received a boarding house and went to studies in Italy. He did not return to Russia, having remained in the southern country he loved, until the end of his years. In a short time, the young man became a real Italian, truthfully depicting in his works the nature of Italy and the life of Italian peasants.
A distinctive feature of Shchedrin's landscapes is the presence of a person in almost all of his paintings - and not as an extras, animating the landscape, but in absolutely natural conditions. Before Shchedrin, human figures were introduced by landscape painters into canvases mainly to demonstrate the scale of architecture - with this author, all the characters are busy with everyday work. For the rest, the artist followed the rules of the academic school, which he clearly learned during the training period. All his paintings are clearly divided into plans, the lighting and perspective are perfectly built. In the early works Shchedrin was characterized by museum brownish and ocher tones of paintings, later green and bluish began to prevail.
The painting of the Veranda entwined with grapes belongs to the Naples period of the artist. At this point, Shchedrin had already settled down in Italy, freely communicated with residents, imbued with the beauty of the local nature. In writing sun-drenched streets, terraces, and sea shores, previously unconventional confidence appeared; the artist willingly experimented and, as a result, learned to perfectly convey the game of sun glare and features of the heated southern air. In warm golden hues, the creator added cold undertones - blue with leaving in gray and silver, lilac colors. These subtleties allowed the artist to perfectly depict the features of Italian nature, the color of southern Italy. In this picture of Shchedrin, as in all others, magical Italy appears to be an ideal world for life, warm, friendly, filled with happiness and harmony. That is how Italy was perceived by most Russian emigrants and tourists of that time.
As always with Shchedrin, the Veranda canvas entwined with grapes boasts an ideally calculated perspective. Two gaps between the folded beams go into the distance, revealing a magnificent view of the sea. The silvery sheen of warm water attracts the eye; a picturesque rock protrudes to the left of the surface of the water and stretches up. Lacy leaves picturesquely intersect the gaps between the beams, frame the veranda.
Simple Italian workers in the picture hid in the shadow of the midday sun. After lunch in Italy, there comes a few hours of well-deserved rest, when no one works - it has always been like that, and this is exactly the moment depicted in the picture. A barefoot man in snow-white clothes and a dapper bright red hat, most likely a fisherman, carelessly sits on the parapet, talking about something with a boy in wide trousers. On the boy’s head is a straw hat with wide brim that perfectly protects his face from the sun. A little further on is a woman in brightly colored cotton clothes. Another man is napping right on the floor, leaning his back against the wall; next to it is a jug and the remnants of dinner. All figures are depicted in naturalistic poses, the picture breathes calm and relaxation.
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