Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Art Review - Winter Landscapes by Stepan Kolesnikoff - Siberia, Russia

I've always loved paintings of snow scenes, but I've never been a fan of cold weather. I guess that excludes me from personally painting any, but it doesn't mean that I can't admire the efforts of other painters.

In keeping with the holiday season, I'll be sharing a few of my favorite snow scenes for the next few #museumtourtuesdays.

Today, I'm featuring Stepan Kolesnikoff. Born in 1879, Stepan was a Russian realist painter who spent most of his life in Siberia. His work in oil and gouache won him the regard of Ilya Repin, the most distinguished Russian artist of the time.

The color palette of this first piece is just magical.

Through the use of warmer blues in the landscape surrounding the house, Stepan is able to call our attention to the structure by giving it a cool purple cast, calling it out from the swirling branches surrounding it.

Once again, Stepan uses dramatic color temperature differences to draw our attention into the church, and the busy color patterns of the crowd contrast nicely with the calmness of the sky above.

One of the first things that drew me to Stepan's work was his handling of trees. The branches have a calligraphic feel, and you can almost feel the movement.

This piece balances both color temperature and value in order to play off the primary and secondary focal points.

The dark shape of the wolf stands out from the surrounding lightness of the snow, while the warm window stands out from the surrounding cool shadow.


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