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The painting "Rainbow" is one of the most famous among Kuindzhi's paintings. The painting captures one of the most beautiful natural phenomena - a rainbow after heavy rain.
The landscape in the foreground is stingy and monotonous: under the bright blue sky an endless steppe extends. There are neither tall, sprawling trees, nor dense shrubs, only an endless field. Grass of piercing green color is a recent rain meaning dust and dirt from it, all colors have become sharp and clear. On the hill, a little at a distance, the grass was already yellowing under the sun's rays - most likely, it is already the end of summer. A narrow road has been laid in the middle of the steppe. The road is a bit blurry after heavy rain. In the distance, above the horizon, low overhanging dark thunderclouds and streaks of rain are still visible.
In the blue sky, which has not yet departed from the rain, from edge to edge above the horizon, a colored arc extends. The rainbow looks like a light brushstroke of an artist paint created from sunlight. From the rainbow comes a bright, gentle glow. It is this glow that illuminates the rain-washed steppe. The sky above the rainbow was painted by the artist in such a way that a full sensation of multilayer light clouds is created, the whole depth and infinity of heavenly space is transmitted.
With the help of well-placed color shades, the viewer literally feels this landscape around him. The viewer inhales the fresh smell of the earth after rain, feels a light cool wind. The sight of a bright, luminous rainbow gives a feeling of joy and admiration. Heavenly light falling on a rainbow gives hope for a better and faith in a brighter future. Light colors and bright strokes in the picture create a feeling of idleness and splendor, delight.
The picture is made in the style of realism with hints of decorativeness. This is expressed in excessively bright shades that are not found in wildlife.
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