art, effects, lighting

Artists of Light: Kuindzhi

Light fascinates. We reach for a phone, camera, canvas. Whatever the means, it results in awes. Photogenic light is an artist’s aide. The model that grows no older, knows no gender.

Arkhip Kuindzhi. Ukrainian Night. 1876. Oil on canvas. 79 x 162. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

Arkhip Kuindzhi. Ukrainian Night.
1876. Oil on canvas. 79 x 162. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

Arkhip Kuindzhi, 1842 – 1910, Russian painter, a member of Peredvizhniki movement. Was light a chemistry for him? Perhaps: rumour has it, he had some dealings with Mendeleev.

Arkhip Kuindzhi. Kind of the Isaac Cathedral at Moonlight Night. 1869. Oil on canvas. Smolensk State Museum-reserve, Smolensk, Russia.

Arkhip Kuindzhi.
Kind of the Isaac Cathedral at Moonlight Night.
1869. Oil on canvas. Smolensk State Museum-reserve, Smolensk, Russia.

Look at the water of the Neva river. Today it is so easy: a lens turns reflection into a binary code into instagram post, but recreate such a game from memory during laborious days of rubbing a point of a brush against the canvas?

Arkhip Kuindzhi. Moonlight Night on Dneper. 1880. Oil on paper. 105 x 144. The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Arkhip Kuindzhi. Moonlight Night on Dneper.
1880. Oil on paper. 105 x 144.
The State Russian Museum,
St. Petersburg, Russia.

Moonlight Night on Dneper makes me shiver. I swear. Lost for words… see you next post.

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