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Description of the painting by Mstislav Dobuzhinsky “Petersburg” (1914)


Mstislav Valeryanovich Dobuzhinsky - master of graphic landscapes. In his works, you can consider many different cities. The deepest feelings from all other cities were evoked by Petersburg. With its mysterious essence, the city inspired many works. The artist, like no one else, devoted most of his career to the St. Petersburg landscapes.

Sometimes, the Northern capital of Russia aroused sad, and sometimes even negative feelings in the master. This happened when Dobuzhinsky noticed the vulgarity creeping out from everywhere. At these very moments, the artist ceased to notice urban beauty. In each city, he saw its essence, that “inside out”, which is not noticeable in everyday routine. In St. Petersburg, the artist noticed this wrong side very often and conveyed it especially vividly in his works. He was able to discern lyric poetry in the gloomy buildings of the city under a gloomy sky, which he reflected in his work.

Oil painting in 1914. This is the only one of all the works painted in oil. The image represents one of the St. Petersburg courtyards in a characteristic lyrical performance for Dobuzhinsky. The canvas, made in the style of impressionism, gives the viewer the effect of an unexpectedly open look.

The artist conveys the depressing everydayness of people living next door in one of the St. Petersburg courtyards. The deserted well-yard is divided into several cells, consisting of small and large buildings. The view from above, which opens before the audience, enhances the expression of the picture, emphasizing the absurdity of many wretched buildings with shabby faded walls, against the backdrop of a huge apartment building. The fragile branches of a small winter garden add the greatest acuteness to this effect.





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