I always thought that art was not a “thing” of mine that I’d be interested in. I knew of its contents, and I just didn’t quite value it as much as others have. Until, last semester I had taken an Introduction to Humanities class and we brushed upon popular artists and art pieces.
Within, that class I was amazed at how a painting could capture a soul, tell a story and inspire not just an audience but an artist as well. I chose this painting by Leonid Afremov because I absolutely love this piece! I feel like I am able to relate to this romance and the colors, definition and creativeness that Leonid uses. I believe it brings a sense of reality and comfort in this piece. The usage of reflections is what brought my attention to enjoy this painting, because of the transparent colors he uses. I feel as though I am walking right behind the couple, enjoying the breeze and calmness of the evening.
Paintings done by Leonid Afremov have been described as some of the most colorful paintings in history. As with most of Leonid’s paintings, he is best known for his techniques using a palette knife and oil paints to craft his intense scenes. First coated in 2007, “Ally by the Lake” is an acrylic painting and was made from natural oil paints onto a cotton canvas.
This piece illustrates a male and female joined together under an umbrella taking a walk near a lake. The leaves on the trees such as yellow, orange and red are used to indicate that it is fall weather and the lake next to the couple appears to be a lighter baby blue to display that the atmosphere is calm as the two couples appear to be moving gracefully. The curved lines of the human bodies represent movement because they are in motion as this painting was drawn. This is meant to give a realistic view of how humans walk. I think that this is what captures me the most, the way that Afremov tried to create a representation of a realistic event. I enjoyed how Afremov used every inch of the canvas because it makes the piece seem positive and open. I noticed that the artist used what is known as the vanishing point perspective, near the end of the ally to show that the couple are meant to be distantly walking. Overall, I was startled by the earthly heights of the light poles and trees because what I found in this piece, was a way that I could sync with my emotions freely and feel as if this painting takes me there.
Additional information: http://leonidafremov.deviantart.com/gallery/
1. Is there significance to the colors the artist used? Does each color serve a purpose to create this piece?
2. What does this painting portray to you? Why would the artist show this scene to an audience?
3. Is there an emotional attachment to this piece?