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A talented and versatile landscape painter I. Ostroukhov, in addition to painting, he was also engaged in collecting and museum work. He very subtly felt the beauty of art, liked to take individual lessons from other artists, and also made friends with many Russian painters. He traveled a lot.
It is very difficult to call Ostroukhov a follower of Levitan, but many of his most beautiful landscapes very much resonate with the motives of the artist. The painting “River at Noon” is just one of such motivational works. She makes you recall the landscapes of Levitan.
His work is quite lyrical, but it is much more detailed than the works of Levitan. Ostroukhov writes out every detail of his landscape to the smallest detail.
Each blade of grass has clear lines, all the water lilies on the lake of strict geometric shape, the trees are drawn to the smallest detail, and the reflection in the water is like a real one, not a painted one. At the same time, the artist surprisingly managed to convey the dynamics of the movement of the current, to draw to the smallest detail the river bottom and quiet wave patterns. Each one painted by Ostroukhov is like a living flower.
At the same time, the artist chose the classically Russian motive for his landscape. There is a traditional combination of points of view in the composition. This allows the author to embrace the widest reversal of space, endowing the image with synthetic notes.
In his composition, the author immortalized the landscape near the Kryukovo-Dmitrievskaya station, which was located very near Moscow. Such colorful Russian nature, combining a river decorated with a pattern of small water lilies, and fields gilded with spikelets, and trees casting a mighty shadow, made this landscape a traditional Russian image.
Pictures of Jerome Bosch