The artist is Kuindzhi
Persistently achieving more and more generalization of the forms, special expressiveness of the contours, composition as a whole, the artist creates unexpectedly original works in his figurative system. Their number belongs for a long time that did not attract special attention of researchers in an unfinished landscape „Clouds “(1900-1905). This is a large canvas, marked by the features of decorativeness and monumentality, close in its poetic intonation „Oaks “(Zh-1537). For a long time, the concept of a romantically raised landscape image adopted by the master found a kind of implementation here.
In the infinitely high sky (the impression is strengthened by the compositional vertical and a low horizon) ascended up and solemnly froze a huge cloud, reminiscent of a kind of cosmic creature. It is perceived both as real reality, and as a form of existence of higher matter. The hyperbole, to which Kuindzhi resorts, is not only an artistic technique, but also a feature of its attitude, which turned out to be consonant with cosmic, large -scale perception of nature in a number of artists of the early twentieth century.
The heavenly sphere, the heavenly luminaries, the clouds constantly attracted Kuindzhi. He not only watched them with admiration, whether on the roof of the St. Petersburg house or in the specially arranged by him „Nest “On a tree in the Crimea, but also cherished the hope of flying above the ground. No wonder in 1898 in Paris he dared to rise (together with the students) in a balloon. Fifteen works are devoted directly to the clouds in the Russian Museum. The last of them was the most bold-innovative picture in which the poetics and stylistics of the late creativity of Kuindzhi was reflected, when the master’s desire to simplify the form, emphasizing the role of the silhouette and the laconicism of the artistic language intensified. Based on real impressions, he now gives the cloud a special meaning, interpreting it as a symbol of heavenly forces, as an exit to other space worlds.
Irina Shuvalova. Kuindzhi in the Russian Museum // Arkhip Kuindzhi. SPb, 2010. With.23.