Description of Victor Tsyplakov’s painting “Frost and the Sun”

Description of Victor Tsyplakov’s painting “Frost and the Sun”

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Painting by Viktor Tsyplakov Frost and the sun was painted at the beginning of the last century and is one of the best paintings of the time. To paint the picture, canvas and oil paints were used, with the help of which the artist managed to create a real masterpiece.

The landscape in the picture is truly beautiful: a cold frosty morning, a snowy village, barely peering through the snow on an equestrian path, distant fields and forests. The first thing the viewer sees is a road starting at the right edge of the picture, and ending under the hooves of a pulling sled, horse.

The horse is walking slowly, because the man in the sleigh raised his hand and apparently swings it with a whip to rush. Behind the first sleigh you can see a horse's head, the rest of the horse and sleigh, hidden by a small snow-covered hill.

The road is strewn with straw that has darkened. Snow fell a few days ago, but has not yet managed to become dirty and black, it shines with a dazzling blue. The tropic leading to the nearest house was done in the snow. According to the situation in the picture, it is impossible to understand what time of day the artist tried to depict, whether it was morning or evening. Judging by how the wall of the house is lit on the left side of the picture, the picture still depicts an evening landscape.

In the background of the canvas are several trees, the peaks of which are hidden behind the same hill as a horse with a sleigh. The village also seems to go down, and strive to escape along with the road. In the distance behind trees and houses, there is a snow-covered field hidden in fog, but still creating some contrast between the whitish sky and the earth of the same color.

The only thing that violates the described idyll is electric wires and poles, the presence of which allows us to understand that the picture is quite modern. The absence of this sign of time would suggest that the canvas belongs to the XVII-XVIII centuries.

Danae Titian

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