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. 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. 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.
The Rooks Have Returned, by Alexey Savrasov.
Melted Water, by Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky
Birch Alley, by Igor Grabar.
Spring Again, by Sergey Gerasimov.
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