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At the age of 22, Valentin Serov became seriously ill. Having received money for another picture, he decided with his friends to go to Italy. The warm climate of Italy had a good effect on the health of the great Russian artist. There he wrote one of his works - “St. Mark's Square in Venice”.
Venice is a stunning city that has attracted artists and poets for many centuries. St. Mark's Square is the main place of the city. It is here that the most important events take place: meetings, meetings are held, couples fall in love and break up here. The beauty of local architecture impressed the artist.
At the center of the work is St. Mark's Cathedral. Valentin Serov uses oil paints when working on a picture. He does not draw all the details, but makes only hints, outlines. The color scheme of the work is muted. The artist abandoned the realistic image of color. Choosing pastel shades, the master conveys the relief of Italian architecture. But due to lack of color, the artist misses and does not show us all the beauty of the cathedral. He made him almost faceless, uninteresting. There is no drawing of ancient mosaics, and drawings decorating the facade of the cathedral. We do not see the amazing marble cladding of the building, the columns.
Perhaps this work is just a sketch. Probably the artist painted in the open air. He went to St. Mark's Square for just a couple of hours and made a sketch in order to further work out all the smallest details.
Despite the apparent incompleteness and nondescriptness of the work, some individual moments in the picture are still drawn. So, for example, the artist prescribed the location of people walking around the cathedral. These are city dwellers or visiting tourists who, like Serov, were captivated by the beauty of the local architecture. The square itself is almost empty: only in some places doves sit on the ancient bridge.
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