Ivan Endogurov 'Spring', 1890This 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
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
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!