Description of Lev Lagorio's painting “In the Mountains of the Caucasus”

Description of Lev Lagorio's painting “In the Mountains of the Caucasus”

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In his life, Lagorio devoted more than half of his paintings to the sea. Once admiring the genius of Aivazovsky, once having visited the coast, he could not wrest the passion for the ocean from his soul. But there are other paintings in his work - incidents from life, beautiful landscapes, where there is still something from the sea - even if it is something - the sky.

"In the mountains of the Caucasus" was written in 1879 - this is a picture-impression, a picture of history. Lagorio at that time traveled around the Caucasus, the Balkans and the Crimea and, like any artist, took away a piece of what he saw with him - first deep down, in imagination and memory, then in paintings.

"In the mountains of the Caucasus" is very realistic and written down to the smallest detail. No careless large strokes, no whole, composed of particles. It is detailed, neat, very attentive to details. And, of course, the whole landscape is full of enthusiasm for the mountains, because they are almost like the sea, just the opposite. Here the river winds, reflects the sky in itself. Here trees and bushes climb on the slopes. Here is the sky itself - huge, smoky, summer, in which other mountain ranges are vaguely guessed. And people - because without them there is nowhere, they are present everywhere, go both in the mountains and in the seas - riders on hot horses rise higher and higher. The one who is closest to everyone is hot in the horse, rushing it.

Perhaps he wants to catch up with a rider on a white horse — a friend whom he has lagged behind, or an enemy whom he is chasing — perhaps he is just in a hurry because they are waiting, because the house is in front, because he wants to get there soon.

The greatness of the mountains looks from this picture, the contrast of their lifeless vastness with the petty fussiness of people. If you look at the picture for a long time, you can fall into the mountains, like in the sea, drown in them.

Love for nature, for its unknowability and purity looks at the viewer. Huge, all-consuming love, spilled over the canvas through a brush.

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