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Mikhail Nesterov is known for his religious painting. He studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts, and later joined the Union of Artists.
On the mountain stands a woman. Below the river flows, which personifies the human principle. Her gaze is somehow mysterious and directed into the distance. She is wearing a dark sundress to her toes, a white jacket and a white shawl. And in a slightly raised beautiful hand he holds a bouquet of flowers. She seems to be having a silent conversation. She enjoys the beautiful scenery. Standing on the mountain, she reveals the magnificent nature of those parts. And her soul suffers. Something deeply hidden, secret is felt in it.
The artist depicted the girl’s inner world - a sensitive, deep and feminine soul. Summer nature is especially amazing and beautiful. The sky is light purple, so low and deep. The meadow is covered with green grass, wildflowers and trees grow. In the distance you can see a large forest. Nature seemed to be quiet. In this picture, man and nature are presented as a whole.
The idea of the painting “On the Mountains” came to Nesterov after reading the novels by Melnikov-Pechersky. It described in detail the life of the Nizhny Novgorod merchants, Old Believers. Perhaps he depicted the moment before the departure of one of the heroines in the monastery. The girl understands that she will be tonsured, pronouncing vows, dressing in a cassock and monastery life. To withstand the test of seclusion and loneliness is not so simple. But she consciously takes this step.
The colors on the cards are a little pale. The green color that prevails in this picture helps us to unite with nature. The black color of the girl’s dress conceals depression and emptiness. But at the same time, white elements on clothing symbolize openness, unity with nature and lightness. The artist thoroughly painted every flower, every grass and tree.
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