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Vasily Polenov began to write this magnificent picture after he visited Kiev and was impressed by this trip. On the canvas you can see the beautiful Vydubetsky Monastery, which is located slightly below the Cave Hills, which with its walls descends almost to the water surface.
This monastery was founded by monks a very long time ago and now, almost anyone who pilgrims or simply travels along the Dnieper River, must at least just look at this beautiful monastery. His golden crosses are very large and everyone should see them.
Polenov, got here in the early morning, and after he saw the sunrise and what follows, he simply could not remain indifferent to such beauty. As soon as the sun is about to rise, the golden crosses begin to shine with a fiery red tint, with red and red tints.
Of course, the glow is truly amazing, and if you see this action with your own eyes, it becomes clear what inspired the artist. In addition, the master was a very religious person, so he was able to appreciate the beauty of church buildings like no other and take this work with all seriousness and utmost trepidation.
Note that the picture seems to be divided into two visual horizons that contrast with each other, with visible tints of blue and green. The river is calm and creates a sense of peace against the backdrop of the rocky slopes that surround the monastery on one side and the green forest on the other.
Nature only wakes up and the artist gives us this clearly understood. Polenov very often refers to the smooth surface in his works, qualitatively emphasizing the behavior of water and fitting into the overall dynamics of the picture, thereby allowing the viewer to penetrate deeper into the atmosphere.
Aivazovsky Morning on the Sea