The artist painted the picture for two years, from 1886 to 1887 on oil canvas. The main difference is the point deposition of the image, which is typical for the works of all impressionists. The painting shows the Seine River, a high bank strewn with leaves and overgrown with grass and a bridge over the river. Although the name of the work is “Bridge in Courbois”, but the main emphasis is on it. Only a part is visible from the bridge, and it is located on the middle plane of the picture.
The background is applied with quick and sketchy dotted strokes, as can be seen from the painting technique. It depicts a river going to the horizon, and on the verge of the river and the horizon, a forest belt opens up, which is also depicted in a point and diagram. The closest plan of the picture displays the river bank. It is traced by successive stripes of green and dark gray, sometimes black. Green dotted stripes represent grass and leaves, and gray and black trampled bare exposed land. An image of a tree trunk, slightly curved and bifurcated upward, is also advanced to the foreground.
On the river bank stands a man who looks at the water. And in the boat on the river, there is also a character who stands holding on to the mast. Both figures make a deep impression of stillness, they are as if inanimate. Away on the water, the author showed a boat with a person in just a few lines from points. However, to make out, you need to take a good look.
The whole spirit of the picture is saturated with stillness, a feeling of a frozen time. The colors are selected discreet, dark, even gloomy. Only the green grass in the foreground revives the picture. On the whole, the picture leaves an impression of calmness, routine, and peace. Perhaps with a bit of sadness or longing. Deep and complete work of the artist, which reflects his condition at the time of painting.
Pictures of Vasnetsov 3 Bogatyr