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Efim Volkov was born in St. Petersburg in the late nineteenth century. In his youth, he practiced a lot, drawing sketches from nature, honing technique. In his landscapes he depicted mainly his native northern nature, white nights, swamps, winter and autumn. He participated in exhibitions and was quite famous among contemporaries.
The artist died in Petrograd - he never left his city for long. His landscapes are rare, almost photographic clarity - unlike many contemporaries, Volkov paints in detail not only the foreground, but also the background, covering the perspective with an absolutely realistic haze. Volkov’s canvases are distinguished by the perfectionist’s skill; every pebble, every blade of grass cast shadows, swaying in the wind.
The Twilight painting is typical of Yefim Volkov. Like most of his paintings, the harsh nature of the North is depicted here. In a small pond in the foreground, possibly formed after many days of heavy rains, frail dark green bushes are reflected. Slippery clay coasts are deserted; rare and small flowers flicker in the dense grass here and there.
The shaggy hill on the left covers part of the horizon and a piece of sky, flooded with lilac sunset. Pink and crimson clouds in the distance precede the darkness that will soon cover far fields. Judging by the sky, tomorrow, most likely, it will also rain; grass and shores do not have time to dry out of moisture, and one rainy day replaces another. But there is no gloom in the picture; the artist admires a poetic and austere landscape, so typical of the suburbs of Petersburg.
Thaw Painting by Vasiliev