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Ukrainian night - Kuindzhi. 79x162
The work is considered one of the most poetic and, at the same time, crucial in the work of the master. Starting from this night, the artist refuses the romantic orientation of his works, attaching greater importance to decorativeness and exoticism.
The painting made a strong impression on the audience, who saw in it echoes of Pushkin's poetry and Gogol's prose. The artist created a surprisingly beautiful and even somewhat theatrical composition.
The master’s favorite manner of collecting light into one bright spot, in this case, emphasizes the idea as well as possible and reveals the program of work. Velvet, cool colors of the sky and sleeping nature set off and emphasize the brightness and elegance of the walls of rural houses. The farm seems to soar in the night, illuminating the space with reflected light.
Refined exotic landscape, sophistication and idealization fascinate the viewer, attracts him and does not let go for a long time. Forcing him to peer more closely at the darkened parts of the landscape, the author achieves the effect of mystery and inner fullness of the picture. Poetry and decorativeness elevated to absolute - this is how the aesthetic essence of the work can be characterized.
Starting a new stage in his work, the master is increasingly approaching new trends in painting for him. It is known that many of his students subsequently became apologists for impressionism.