This picture is written on the simplest and simplest plot. A tough village day is drawing to a close. The sun is still shining, but is already leaning toward the horizon. The last rays of sunset illuminate a peasant shed, a wooden fence and the tops of thin birches. Everything around us calms down and prepares for dusk.
The artist invites us to share a walk in the evening courtyard with him. Together with him we enjoy the purity of frosty air and the beauty of nature. The described building is located on a hill with a beautiful view of the clearing and the field going to infinity. White snow reflects the azure sky. Shadows from trees and a barn create bizarre patterns on it.
The author paints Winter evening in large strokes. There are no clear lines in his work. The picture is painted in the smallest shades of various colors. This achieves the infinity of the landscape depicted by Igor Grabar. Only contrasting contoured fir trees border the vast expanses and thereby give the picture a special depth. One element of the composition flows smoothly into another. Despite the reality of the described episode, which can be found in any village, a feeling of fabulousness and intangibility of what is happening is created.
Igor Grabar masterfully combines warm and cold colors. Thanks to this technique, the winter landscape does not seem lifeless. Particular detail is given to small details, such as armfuls of hay on the roof and barely visible paths leading through the snow leading to the barn. Winter evening is a triumph of nature. But in her life, the presence of man is clearly felt. Virgin nature and peasant life do not contradict each other. Together they create a single whole. Around reigns calm and harmony. A real celebration of life, which we came to thanks to the talent of Igor Grabar.
Portrait of Tretyakov Repin