Igor Emmanuilovich Grabar
oil on canvas
80 x 62 cm
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Grabar’s favourite genre was landscape. The painter, who went from Impressionism to Divisionism, habitually combined elements from different genres. His landscapes often represent more than nature itself. March Snow was painted near Moscow. The silhouette of a country girl carrying buckets constitutes a form of lyrical motif; the artist thought it one of the most typical features of Russian villages. The introduction of a complementary subject creates a poetic world unique to Grabar’s landscapes. The title of the painting is no accident: half of its surface shows light snow, painted with dense and thick brush strokes, reflecting a variety of colours.