Spring is coming (painting by Ovchinnikov)

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      <br><br>„Spring is coming» – a painting by the famous Leningrad landscape painter Vladimir Ivanovich Ovchinnikov (1911-1978), in which the author captured a view of the high bank of the Volkhov in Staraya Ladoga with the Church of the Nativity of John the Baptist, with the chapel of St. Paraskeva Fridays and the bell tower.<br>Story<br>Vladimir Ovchinnikov repeatedly worked on the landscapes of Staraya Ladoga in the 1960s and early 1970s. The painting „Spring is Coming» refers to a rather late period of the artist’s work, written by him six years before his death.<br><br>The dramatic beginning inherent in the landscape „Spring is coming» was noted by NV Vasilieva. In the introductory article to the catalog of the exhibition of V. I. Ovchinnikov in 1984, she wrote about the work: «The heads of the cathedral are directed into the sky with rushing heavy clouds, against which the building is read weighty and especially stable. The solemn elevation of the image is achieved by simple means: the artist chooses a very low point of view, which makes it possible to make the hill with the on it seem to be even higher and more majestic. Deep blue shadows on the snow and give the piece an emotional uplift and some tension. At the same time, the image is authentic, saturated with signs of the times. «<br><br>The view shown in the picture is remarkable. N.K. Roerich named it one of the ten best views of Russia. Church of the Nativity of John the Baptist with the chapel of St. Paraskevy Pyatnitsa and the bell tower dominates the whole of Staraya Ladoga, located on its northern outskirts. According to sources, the current temple was erected in 1695 on the site of an older wooden one. The existing church was erected with a deep artistic understanding of the unity of architecture and nature. From a distance, on clear summer days, it seems that the snow-white temple seems to float in the air between the strip of green hills and the heights of the blue sky. Ovchinnikov also managed to convey this feeling of soaring in his work, although in general the mood of the picture is dominated by epic and even dramatic notes. In the XVI-XVII centuries, Malysheva Gora was the venue for large fairs. They settled down on the day of the Nativity of John the Baptist (July 7) and lasted a whole week. One of them was captured in his painting, kept in the State Russian Museum’s collection, by the artist A. Popov.<br><br>For the first time, the work „Spring is Coming» was exhibited in 1988 at a personal exhibition of works by V. I. Ovchinnikov in the Leningrad Union of . The description of the painting is given in the introductory article and the catalog, its image was reproduced in the album part of the exhibition catalog, and was also placed on a specially published poster. In the mid-1990s, the painting „Spring is Coming» was shown at the exhibitions „Leningrad Artists. Painting 1950-1980 „and» Lyrics in the works of artists of the „(1995, Memorial Museum of N. A. Nekrasov).<br>

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