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Russian artist Vrubel knew how to convey more with simple strokes and in a limited color palette than is possible in the aggregate of techniques and shades. 1903 and 1904 appear in the history of art for years of the creation, at first glance, of the usual monochrome sketch of “Courtyard in Winter”. In reality, the work is a worthy example of a full-fledged picture.
The viewer sees a small courtyard dusted with snow. Snow covers all the objects in the picture. Snowdrifts and neatly lying snow layers on the columns of a carefully and rhythmically drawn fence on the roofs of low houses are read with a glance.
Confident, dashed lines traced bare trees. The branches of distant trees dissolve in the icy air. The architecture of the house closest to the viewer is harmoniously dispersed, as if disappearing in the white power of winter. The city buildings were worked out in detail: windows, roof and pipes on it.
A noticeable absence in the field of view of human figures. There is not a single hint of human presence. The author is interested in a clear, geometric architecture, which also evaporates in the whitening captivity of frost.
"Yard in winter" is made on familiar paper with the participation of only black graphite pencil. Different shades are created using stylus pressure of different intensities. The picture is composed of gradations from coal to light grayish tint.
Surprisingly and brilliantly, a significant part of the canvas is not touched by any graphic means, but we, the audience, see real snow coverings on empty sections of the sheet.
The continuous shroud illusion was created by varying the degree of light saturation of the surrounding objects. The texture of loose, slightly melted snow is visible on slightly outlined snowdrifts.
Vrubel's “Yard” is located in the Tretyakov Gallery awaiting the interested and admiring glances of visitors.
Boyar Morozova Painting Surikov