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Pyotr Konchalovsky

"Woman on Bank of River"


Created:1922
Material:Oil on canvas
Dimensions:68 x 100cm

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The painting “Woman on Bank of River” was executed in Summer 1922, when the artist lived in the village Krylatskoe near Moscow. During that period Konchalovsky continued working on his series of “bathing” pictures, to which the present work belongs. Like in the works of 1920 “Boys Bathing” and “A Nude Boy”, Konchalovsky's attention is focused on representing nude body in natural landscape. The painter expresses the diversity of light and air environment. With the help of reflexes, he “sculpts” soft forms of human
body, whilst colouristic unity of the canvas allows reach total integrity and homogeneity of the composition. In the painting “Woman on Bank of River” the artist is able to balance the figure of the nude in the foreground with the surrounding landscape. From the 1920s Konchalovsky abandoned his “jack of diamond”
schematism of form and colour, acquiring colouristic fineness, complex richness of transitions and inner contrasts of cold and hot colours in his paintings.

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