Northern Idyll was inspired, to various degrees, by the staging of Rimsky-Korsakov''s opera "The Snow Maiden" at Savva Mamontov''s Russian Private Opera and the atmosphere of interesting folklore reigning in the Abramtsevo circle. Korovin seems to have intended Northern Idyll to represent a specific symbol for Russia at the 1893 World Exhibition in Chicago. The study is permeated with a lyrical and musical basis. This is apparent in the modulation of colour, the blending together of people and the natural environment, the lofty detachment of the village girls absorbed by the simple, heartwarming sounds. The harmony and contrast of the colours sharpen the image, colouring its notes with mysterious understatement.
«Виртуальный Русский музей» в социальных сетях: