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Description of the painting Fedor Yakovlevich Alekseev "Red Square in Moscow"

Description of the painting Fedor Yakovlevich Alekseev


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1801

The landscape, painted by the artist in oil on canvas during his "business trip" around Moscow, organized for him by Paul I. The task for the artist was to carefully familiarize himself with the way of life of Muscovites and the sights of the city and display all this very clearly and in detail in an art form. When Alekseev started the assignment, he considered so many places in Moscow worthy to be immortalized in landscapes that he subsequently created a whole series of paintings devoted to this subject.

Red Square is depicted in all its glory. The author was able to thoroughly convey all the subtleties of architectural buildings located on the territory of the square. In the center, of course, the main attraction of all times of Russia - Pokrovsky Cathedral or St. Basil's Cathedral. Original, beautiful, shining with the multi-colored domes, it rises above the people gathered in the square.

On the right side of the square is the Kremlin wall. On the left side, the artist painted long rows of rows along which a mass of people gathered. Carts and horses, women in colorful dresses and men behind the shelves with goods - all these characters are mixed into one general cluttered landscape, depicted by the author, and showing the importance of Red Square as a place of trade during the creation of the picture.

A large place in the picture is given to the image of the sky, which seems to cover everything that is below. Soft heavenly light floods the whole area. This is very deeply shown in the picture and very animates and decorates it. A few more architectural advantages depicted in the background complement the overall image of the beautiful and integral landscape of Moscow life on Red Square.

These are such structures as the library of Vasily Kipriyanov in front of the Spasskaya Tower, the arrows of the Ascension Monastery and the tent of the Tsar’s Tower. In addition, the Forefront in the center of the square is very clearly drawn.





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