Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi

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Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi: After the Rain (1879) Oil on canvas, 102 x 159 cm. Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow. Arkhip Kuindzhi created this painting in 1879. His style, as seen here, is elegant and mature in its synthesis of ideas and evocation of mood. After the Rain is actually a good representative of Kuindzhi's overall work, which was distinguished by "primary contrasts of colors" and the painter's unique conception of "light as a concrete phenomenon" and his attempt to "transmit [light's] fullness and density" (22). This painting is also an interesting example of the art of the period; although Kuindzhi was a member of the Wanderers (an artistic movement concerned with realism as it pertained to social change), this painting is not typical of most of the Wanderers' work. It represents Kuindzhi's "artistic psychology" as very different from the other Wanderers of his day, and is perhaps one of the best expressions of the painter's "lyrical, subjective interpretation of life and art" (22). It was also
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