Vasiliy Ivanovich Denisov, Landscape With Trees

This landscape was painted at the Rayki, near Moscow, where Denisov lived and worked in the 1910s. Using different forms of lighting, the painter hoped to synthesize the various concrete states he used to present nature in a coherent pictorial style. The landscape looks like a fantastic vision. The dark clouds and the tree trunks, thin as blades of grass, with their massive foliage rendered in dense thick colourful brushstrokes, create an impression of anxiety. The background, with its pearl hues, is a mirror-like apparition reminiscent of images in the paintings of the Blue Rose group.
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c. 1914
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