The history of the famous painting "Beyond the Volga" by Nesterov is very interesting. The magnificent canvas created in 1905 was acquired by a collector from Astrakhan P.M. Dogadin. After that, a work of art was exhibited in St. Petersburg, in Moscow, in Astrakhan, as well as in museums in China.
Mikhail Nesterov as an artist was formed under the influence of such eminent artists as Alexei Savrasov and Vasily Perov. Therefore, being a diligent student, in the painting “Beyond the Volga”, the master of painting shows changes in the genre theme of the artist, when the landscape is given a special role.
Social themes that were characteristic of paintings of the XIX century, gradually fade into the background. All tasks to identify the innermost emotions are assigned only to the landscape, it is he who causes mood swings. A similar image of nature allowed the author to abandon detail. Only the general content of what he wanted to tell is preserved.
There is no plot beginning in the picture. Our gaze immediately opens from the highest bank of the Volga River reach. The whole composition is built on the pronounced parallelism of figures and landscape details. So, the self-confident male silhouette that rises above the expanse corresponds to the active bend of the shore visible in the distance and the striving painting of the caravan of ships.
The graceful figure of a young lady is a thin birch on a high bank, which has just been covered with delicate leaves. A man looks at the Volga open spaces with indifference, he loves only himself, and in the eyes of a woman - longing, sadness on his lips, and even a small bouquet of flowers in his hands seemed to freeze.
Nesterov with a brush very accurately conveyed the mood of people. A discreetly executed landscape, very mean, only emphasizes the state of human souls.
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