Wednesday 21st February 2024

The artist is Benoit


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Together with Serov, Alexander Benois works a lot on the topics of Russian history of the 18th century, but, having returned to France in 1905, he again plunges into the atmosphere of the “King of the Sun” era and creates his second “Versailles” suite.

The deserted park of Versailles – the famous residence of the French kings. Gloomy winter day. Naked trees pull dark branches to the gray sky. In the foreground is a small pool. The marble flora rises from the water surface – the Greek goddess of the plant world. The balance of the composition, almost monochrome flavor, special lightness, transparency of painting, create the impression of a certain stop of life, convey the poetic atmosphere of the empty Versailles, where nature has plunged into a thoughtful winter sleep. The mood with which the picture is painted suggests the artist’s nostalgia for the past times, when the fun of court holidays reigned here and the king, accompanied by ladies in fashionable toilets, walked along the alleys of the park.

Versailles, showing the exquisite tastes of its inhabitants, ideas about the beauty of the gallant age Louis XIV woke a creative imagination from the painter. Benois wrote: “I wanted to restore Versailles in my images in my images and inhabit it with shadows. But gradually I learned to surrender entirely to the spell of Versailles, and then I began to feel even stronger in his complex aromas, in the rustle of leaves, in the splash of his reservoirs, vague, sweet -melting memories ”.

Alexander Benois, as his friends in the unification of the World of Art, loved and knew this suburb of Paris as his native Petersburg. He dedicated him a cycle of works to which the painting “Versailles. Flora basin “.

E.IN.Amphilokhiev, e.IN.Stankevich and N.A.Fedorova. Materials for a virtual tour of the exhibition "Diaghilev. Start". 2009

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The deserted park of Versailles – the famous residence of the French kings. Gloomy winter day. Naked trees pull dark branches to the gray sky. In the foreground is a small pool. The marble flora rises from the water surface – the Greek goddess of the plant world. The balance of the composition, almost monochrome flavor, special lightness, transparency of painting, create the impression of a certain stop of life, convey the poetic atmosphere of the empty Versailles, where nature has plunged into a thoughtful winter sleep. The mood with which the picture is painted suggests the artist’s nostalgia for the past times, when the fun of court holidays reigned here and the king, accompanied by ladies in fashionable toilets, walked along the alleys of the park. Versailles, showing the exquisite tastes of its inhabitants, ideas about the beauty of the gallant age of Louis XIV, woke a creative fantasy from the painter. Benois wrote: “I wanted to restore Versailles in my images in my images and inhabit it with shadows. But gradually I learned to surrender entirely to the spell of Versailles, and then I began to feel even stronger in his complex aromas, in the rustle of leaves, in the splash of his reservoirs, vague, sweet -melting memories ”. Alexander Benois, as his friends in the unification of the World of Art, loved and knew this suburb of Paris as his native Petersburg. He dedicated him a cycle of works to which the painting “Versailles. Flora basin “.

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