Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Art Review - "Twilight" by Nicolai Fechin

It's the last #MuseumTourTuesday of the year, and I'd like to share one of my favorite winter scenes by one of my favorite painters.

Nicolai Fechin takes this simple scene of a mountain cabin and makes it glow. The painting flows from the cold brutality of the snowy slope at the bottom of the painting to the bright warm colors of the trees and the mountains beyond towards the top. This dramatic color change makes the cabin feel inviting despite its dilapidated appearance, and the presence of the horses lets us know that it is not abandoned. What I find most appealing is the way Fechin treats the background almost like watercolor, creating a depth in the scene from which the cabin emerges.
"Twilight" • Nicolai Fechin • Oil on Canvas • 30" x 24"
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