Composition on Shishkin’s painting “Birch Grove”

Composition on Shishkin’s painting “Birch Grove”

I. Kuindzhi (1842-1910) was born in Ukraine in the city of Mariupol in a poor Greek family. He was orphaned early and at eleven he went to earn his living. He worked at the grain seller, at the substratum, later became a retoucher. The name Kuindzhi means “goldsmith”. For some time, Kuindzhi acquired experience in Aivazovsky’s studio. In the early 70’s he lived in St. Petersburg and studied at the Academy of Arts.

Satisfied with the dynamics of full life. When you look at the picture, you get the impression that in the evening, on a sunny day, after getting through the bushes, we found ourselves on a broad lawn. Morning, morning freshness of dew. Mighty, lighted trunks of birches in a sunlit lawn, a darkened grove.

In all contrasts: a shadowed grove and a light blue sky, the dark brook water and a light duckweed near its shores. Attracts the freshness, coolness of the forest source. After the flow of the source, the view is transferred to a sunlit lawn that hides in a dark green forest. The picture sings the joy of life. The sun – the symbol of life – carries the nutritional force of the earth.


Composition on Shishkin’s painting “Birch Grove”