Once, before painting, Russian troops conquered with great losses every coast of the great Neva. They did everything they could to win back their native shores from the Swedish government. It has been four centuries since the fortresses had to be taken by storm. This is a long time for people, and almost a minute for a river. Its shores are still not populated by the city, and its waves are exactly the same as before. But in the city itself, its shores are successful at any time of the year and there are always a lot of people on them. And in winter, not only along the banks, but also on the river itself.
If you do not see this picture of the artist Bogolyubov, then you can calculate that skating takes place in the summer. And if in the winter, then by all means on skates or sledges. But this picture depicts a much larger view of skating. Here it is on a sleigh in which majestic horses are harnessed. After all, there used to be such fun that almost all the inhabitants of the city gathered for. Someone came to see, and someone wanted to show himself. Here, there are more and more such people.
Painted in fairly cold shades of oil, the picture has a more panoramic view. She has a lot of small details that are difficult to see, but she has a lot of air. All the ice of the river and the embankment blackens from the number of people who want to ride a sleigh or look at those who ride. After all, even watching this fun is very fun. The clouds, which have just begun to appear on the horizon, promise to soon stop the fun and sprinkle the entire Neva with a layer of snow, or even bind.