RUSSIAN SPRING IN RUSSIAN ART – March

It might not look very warm and very green, but this is indeed springtime in middle Russia. The days are longer, the snow is melting, and sunlight and birds have returned.

Maslenitsa, by Boris Kustodiev.

Maslenitsa, by Boris Kustodiev.

Maslenitsa, by Boris Kustodiev.  Pagan celebration of Sun and return of Spring take place through this day.

Maslenitsa, by Boris Kustodiev. Pagan celebration of the Sun and the return of the Spring take place (at the end of February – first week of March) through this day.

March, by Igor Grabar. The snow is still there. The light makes all the difference. No longer winter-crisp, it is now spring-warm.

March, by Igor Grabar. It looks like winter – the snow is still there, and so are the crispy blue skies. But the light makes all the difference. No longer winter-prickly, it is now spring-warm.

March, by Isaac Levitan.

March, by Isaac Levitan.

The rooks have returned, by Alexey Savrasov.

The Rooks Have Returned, by Alexey Savrasov.

Melted Water, by Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky

Melted Water, by Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky

Birch Alley by Igor Grabar.

Birch Alley, by Igor Grabar.

Spring Again, by Sergey Gerasimov.

Spring Again, by Sergey Gerasimov.

More Russian Seasons & Nature in Russian Art:

Russian Winter – 2

Russian Winter – 1

Russian Autumn – 1

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29 thoughts on “RUSSIAN SPRING IN RUSSIAN ART – March

    • I am partial to Birch Alley. In Russian there is a lovely word for those first snow-free patches of land/mud/grass – protalina – which literally means ‘melted through.’

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