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Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939) - one of the masters of the art association "World of Art". In the direction of the "retrospective dreamers", as they called the "mirikusnikov", he introduced a special shade of painful sharpness and irony arising from the inability to return to the past.
Painting “Winter. Rink" became the embodiment of the Somov ideas of the "gallant century". The artist portrayed people as puppet puppets, thereby exposing the essence of the past era - the love of games, the lack of naturalness, and sometimes even genuine life. The perception of the surrounding world as a kind of props and the identification of mankind with painted cardboard instead of real people reflect the crisis attitude that is characteristic of artists of the turn of the 20th century.
A winter evening with blue shadows in the snow, fast-moving golden-pink clouds, transparent expanse of ice - all this gives rise to the feeling of a charming fairy tale. But despite the everyday, fun storyline of ice skating - the common fun of the eighteenth century - this little retrospective scene is imbued with a sad mood.