Alexei Savrasov was the son of a wealthy merchant who actively protested against his son's drawing classes. Kondraty, the father of the future artist, traded products from wool, and sincerely hoped that the offspring would continue his work. But little Aleksey for days imitated gouache illustrations from magazines. To the surprise of Kondraty, the boy managed to sell several works on the market - after that the aspiring artist entered the school of painting and paid for his studies independently. His light, detailed landscapes were liked by both teachers and critics and were readily bought by collectors. Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna, the tsar’s sister, accidentally seeing the work of young Savrasov, called him to her cottage with the order to paint several landscapes. After completing the order, she invited him to stay and work in St. Petersburg in the future - but the young man, timid and shy, chose to go back to Moscow.
The artist received the title of academician of painting very early - at twenty-four years. But further trouble lay on the artist one after another. Of the five children born, only one survives; as a teacher, he has too few students - and, accordingly, not enough money. Alex begins to drink, loses the state apartment, later he is fired from the school. The creator died alone in a hospital for the poor.
At the height of Savrasov's talent, the landscape genre in Russia was in its infancy; because in many ways he was a pioneer. The artist's works breathe romanticism and light sadness; because of this, many contemporaries considered them superficial and severely criticized. Nevertheless, the landscape painter actively experimented all his life, looking for the characteristic features inherent in the Russian landscape. Almost all of his works create a feeling of wide, extended space, the vastness of nature, airiness of the environment. Without air, landscape is not landscape! - wrote the author. At the same time, in most of the paintings, Savrasov tried to fit human habitation - thereby emphasizing the connection of man with nature. The most famous work of the author, Rooks flew in, became encyclopedic in all respects.
Painting Sea has all the characteristics characteristic of the artist. High bright sky occupies almost half of the canvas. On the horizon, the sky almost merges with the sea - calm, majestic, written in wide horizontal strokes. The picture is dominated by blue tones with a slight shade of lilac; the ground in the lower right corner is written in orange-brown, a dirty white foam beating against the shore. On the sand, one can see uneven tracks in which salt water stands, the waves threw some objects ashore, half bogged down in the coastal silt and mud. Almost transparent, light masts of fishing boats can be seen on the border of the sea and land, as if hovering in the silver air. The lonely white sail of a tiny boat is reflected in the water, dissolving and disappearing. The sea seems to be shallow and safe. On the whole, the picture creates a feeling of a certain unreality and looks more like a dream or a vision than a genuine view of the sea shore.
Portrait of Denis Davydov