This painter more than once in his work addressed the theme of depicting rural life, but for the most part he depicted not people, but landscapes. One of them was a picture of winter. It was impossible not to love the Russian land, with all its charms and quirks.
On the canvas we see a typical village in the winter. Somewhere above the roofs of houses a thin stream of smoke flows directly into the sky, dissolving in it without a trace. This means that logs in the stoves are already merrily cracking in people's homes to bring a little warmth into every hut. The sun is already setting, which means each house has already waited for its owners, the sky illuminates a huge glow.
The artist brought to the forefront a broken and large tree. It stands completely naked and black. Amid the empty road, it seems even more lonely than usual. It can be judged that it is precisely the artist who associates himself with this tree, which is also divorced from people, from home, their native land. And such lonely evenings, especially in the winter, have already become familiar to him.
We see that all puddles were covered with a thin crust of ice. It’s enough to step on them, and the ice will break. This means that the thaw has come. But what does the thaw mean in winter. It doesn’t matter that the sun is shining, it’s all the same that the weather is nice outside. It does not get warmer.
It’s swept up the road, which means that somewhere now a man cannot get through the high snowdrifts without waking Mother Nature, without disturbing her. Everything around is sleeping, and this dream is deep - until the very spring everything will be asleep, and this person will not change this course of events. If we talk about the general mood of the landscape, then everything is depicted quite realistically.
Art historians often notice that winter paintings are boring and colorless. Indeed, for many authors, they seem to be somehow dull, almost black and white. This can not be said about our artist. He depicted snow in all its riot of colors and overflows, in addition, an additional color spot is created just due to the aforementioned glow. The strokes of the canvas are quite wide and confident, the artist clearly traced even far-placed objects.