Sunlight in the park - Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi. 53.2 x 39.3 cm
The author’s ability to convey the smallest details of coverage has only developed over the years. The painter's sympathy for impressionism was manifested in his love of light.
The painstaking writing out of the visible in reality was not his approach. Kuindzhi, like the impressionists, knew that much of what we see with our own eyes is due to the peculiarities of lighting. One true movement of the brush, guided by such an understanding, replaces the long hard, but thoughtless work of copying the world.
This was also manifested in the teaching activity of A.I. Kuindzhi (everyone noted his undoubted pedagogical gift, the fact that he could instantly and easily convey to the students artistic truths, to which he himself reached a long, stubborn and inspired work).
I.A. Vladimirov, a Russian and Soviet artist, recalled how Arkhip Ivanovich criticized the work of a student who “stained” the horizon in the night landscape with dark paint. The master said that the effect of darkening is explained by the contrast between the sky and the reflected moonlight and there is no need to specifically seek it: if everything is done correctly, it will manifest itself.
This feature of Kuindzhi’s creative work is clearly visible on the canvas “Sunlight in the Park”. The trunks of birches are pressed closer to each other - they feel an intimacy similar to the familiar human relationship, without which life would be colorless, like a grove without sunlight.
Crowns stretch to each other, as if trying to connect in a hug. Although sunlight cannot break through their tight plexus, it finds workarounds and still illuminates the path between the rows of birches in love.
The vision of this picture not only takes the viewer to the very path where you can enjoy the towering trees and the play of light, not only makes you forget that the visible is not reality, but only the image - it seems as if the picture is higher, better than that found in everyday life.
This impression is false, but understandable: the artist focuses on the details that are hidden from our everyday glance; we seem to see something new and unfamiliar, although we have observed it more than once.