Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Arrival of Spring in Paintings

Ivan Endogurov 'Spring', 1890

    This year, here in North the spring slowly comes, although the snow has almost melted. But cold winds do not warm up air and the soil is still cold. I decided to search the Internet to see the paintings that depicted the arrival of spring in the past years.
It turned out that spring
is generally a capricious lady, at least in Russia judging the paintings. I saw slush on the roads, high water in the streets and woods,

Ivan Endogurov 'Spring', 1885

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Boris Kustodiev 'In the street', 1920

Isaak Levitan 'Spring', 1887

the white birch trunks reflected in water, room filled with spring breeze, boxes full of seedlings and flowers on windowsills, swans flown in nesting,


Mikhail Nesterov 'Lada', 1905


Stanislav Zukovsky 'Easter' 1902

 

Stanislav Zukovsky 'Spring', 1923

pinky-white snow on grey grass, rooks' nests in trees and bright blue sky. The Russian artists depicted the arrival of spring in its different manifestations.



Vasily Polenov 'Spring' 1898

Vasily Bansheev 'Blue Spring' 1930


Konstantin Krizitsky 'Early spring', 1901

For me it was interesting to see the paintings of my city, in that time the capital of Russia. The river Neva, St. Isaak Cathedral and its golden dome in a distance, the central avenue Nevsky, sailing boats and barges, horse-drawn carriages and first electric lamps.


Alexander Beggrov 'Spring in Saint Petersburg' , 1891



Alexander Beggrov 'Vernal evening in Saint Petersburg' , 1882

Looking at these paintings I think that spring is not something anomaly this year but it is ordinary spring here in Northern Europe. Some years ago I'd been shoveling snow in my garden, the paths were looking like tunnels in snow. This March we have no snow and it's time to rake all old leaves from the garden.

What do you think about the arrival of spring in your place? Is the spring unusual? Thank you!








34 comments:

  1. Hi Nadezda; it is true that spring has so many faces, and aren't we happy once it is finally there, even if winter pops up from time to time again in the beginning. You made a wonderful selection of beautiful paintings depicting spring. Thank you for sharing.
    Marian

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    1. Hi, Marian!
      These days winter popped up and as spring is coming so snow started melting again. Glad you liked these paintings, thank you!

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  2. What beautiful paintings Nadezda! Winter is still holding on here too - not wanting to give up yet. I thought the painters you chose all depicted the spring light so well. The light seems different in spring - more colorful somehow, even if there is nothing but melting snow and mud and slush on the ground. We have that same light here and it gives me hope that green things will be growing soon!

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    1. Oh, yes, snow reflects all colors around it and is difficult to be depicted. The painting by Vasily Polenov ' depicts snow very well. Thank you, Rebecca!

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  3. Spring has arrived in our gardens in the Pacific Northwest but we're still having cold rainy days that are much like winter here. You are right, spring is a capricious lady! You always find the most beautiful paintings to share with us Nadezda! I always enjoy reading your blog!

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    1. I'm glad spring arrived to your place although with rains and no more snow! Thank you Peter!

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  4. These are beautiful pictures Nadezda and suit this post so well. We've not had any snow here in the UK, well not in Essex that is. But you never know with our weather. One year we even had snow in May so we can't be too complacent. The sun is shining more very day now and the garden is coming along nicely.
    Patricia x

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    1. How nice to see spring garden, Patricia. Hope it is lovely these days with vernal flowers!

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  5. Dear Nadezda,these paintings are excellent!Great art from famous Russian painters!!Yes,Spring has arrived!!Thank you for sharing this beauty!
    Dimi...

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  6. Beautiful images showing the spring.
    I like painting. With pleasure I admired all the images.
    For me there is no snow but there are rain, cold and wind.
    I send you many greetings.
    Lucia

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    1. I think Lucia the warm days will come soon and spring will bring more sun and less rain. Thank you!

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  7. I'm a lover of art... the first one captured my heart. We have cold and then warm... snow and then sunshine. Winter and Spring are playing tug of war.

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    1. The spring will win this competition, Carolyn, I'm sure. The question is when:))

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  8. Gracias por traernos a casa estas pinturas. Son preciosas!!
    Aquí aún no ha brotado nada. Hemos tenido unos días cálidos pero vuelve el frío.
    Se oye en la tele que hay revueltas, en algunas ciudades. Espero que estés bien.
    Un beso.

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    1. Laura, el frio se volvio aqui tambien, brrr. Espero que la primavera viene rapidamente. Gracias!

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  9. Beautiful paintings Nadezda, I like them all!
    The arrival of all seasons varies every year, just as what kind of weather we get – but our memory is short, we tend to forget even what it was like just a few years ago. The winter we have had here in London this year is nothing special, I have been here 15 years and I have had several like this, warm with no frost or snow at all. But it is a few years since last time so it might seem unusual because of that. However, what IS unusual is the amount of rain we have had the last 3 months, more than ever recorded in the last 360 years!!!

    I hope spring will arrive fully in your garden soon, but I know it has been slow, I spoke to my sister in Norway last Sunday, they had just got 30cm more snow – and there were more on the way. Winter is definitely not over there.

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    1. I agree, Helene this winter was unusual for UK: rains, floods, winds. But the spring is warm enough and your garden is blooming, is lovely!
      Hope winter will soon go away here, thank you!

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  10. Some beautiful pictures here. I think the first is my favourite

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  11. Loved these painting, Nadezda! Especially dear were the ones with the white birches. Canada has banned a lot of pesticides and one of them used to control birch borer very well. Now we cannot buy it or use it and so many big beautiful birches have died. Beautiful artwork - thanks!

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    1. That's pity about birches in Canada, Astrid. I've never known this problem, perhaps it is in Russia as well. Glad you liked the painting, thank you!

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  12. Oh, those paintings are fantastic! Love them, thank you for sharing.
    Well spring just arrived in Austria - and: I'm happy about that!
    Have sunny days
    all the best from Austria
    Elisabeth

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    1. Elizabeth, thank you for stopping by!

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  13. Mud, snow, and flooding - yes, Russian springs are a lot like Chicago's.

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  14. These paintings are gorgeous! I don’t think I could get used to that much snow now that we have been living in the Deep South for so long. We had about 4 days of snow this winter and the city was totally stopped. Today it was 70 degree F here (21 C I think) and all the daffodils are out as well as blossoms on trees.

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    1. What nice weather you have Vagabonde! I can imagine your garden with vernal flowers, can't wait when my garden blooms.
      Thank you!

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  15. First we had water, then we had sunshine, now we have cold winds.

    Please, let’s have real spring soon.

    The paintings are lovely, but I wouldn’t call them ‘spring’. maybe late winter?

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    1. Ha.ha! You're quite right, Friko. it's more late winter than early spring.
      Thank you!

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  16. What a beautiful selection of paintings -- moody, soft, all hinting at spring in a very northern place. I want to study each one in detail!

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    1. I've studied all these paintings as well Laurrie until to choose and post them. My favorite is 'Easter' 1902 by Stanislav Zukovsky. I love the air coming inside and filling the room with spring mood. Thank you, Laurrie!

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  17. I love these paintings. They really tell a story about spring and show how delicate it is. I signed up to your blog but haven't received any notifications, so came searching. Will check out what went wrong with the sign up.

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    1. Glad you liked these paintings, Juliet!
      To sign in to my blog is very easy. There is the followers tab below this page. Just click on "Join this site' . Thank you!

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