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Alexei Savrasov discovered early ability to painting. Critics noted the extraordinary vitality of the work of the young man - although they considered some of them somewhat clumsy. However, the artist quickly progressed in his work, and already at the age of twenty-four, upon graduation from the school, he received the title of academician. Despite the fact that in his youth Savrasov traveled a lot, the vast majority of his landscapes depict native, Russian open spaces. The artist always painted nature in a sublime manner, romanticizing even its rather unsightly manifestations.
The canvas was created by Dawn in the steppe during a creative trip to Ukraine. Savrasov was struck by the infinity of the steppe, and in the works of that time he tried to convey this feeling of freedom and the incredible openness of the landscapes spread before him. The truly poetic romanticism of this picture creates an elevated, joyful mood.
Nature awakens from sleep; the sky is painted at first in bright crimson, raspberry and orange, and then in pink, pale golden and pale lilac tones. Delicate colors and transparent chiaroscuro perfectly convey the airy atmosphere of early morning; the sky looks radiant and solemn. The morning born on the horizon gradually brightens the black colors, destroys the shadows; the steppe wakes up and opens towards the sun and summer heat. In this picture, the artist resorted to one of his favorite motifs - the image of the dawn or sunset sky with the help of paints of all colors of the rainbow, with rich and powerful smooth transitions; however, in the interpretation of Alexei Kondatievich, these colors look absolutely natural and do not seem overly bright.
Raphael Holy Family