Bathing a horse, Serov, 1905

This is twilight. The energetic manner of writing indicates that the author was in a hurry to convey all the light and color subtleties of the plot, his adult longing for his runaway childhood.

But here, on the contrary, the picture is completely finished, full of deep meaning.

In the atmosphere of the work, a light print of the author is guessed by his youth, carelessness, and brightness of attitude.

The horse in the picture is elegant and graceful. She dutifully stands waiting for the daily procedure. The young man is in a hurry. His gaze is directed to where his friends bathe and have fun.

The author of the shadows on the water, the colors of the evening sky, the vibrant lines of the waves brilliantly succeeded.

Sunlight perfectly bleached the lamb on the waves, the wet back of the horse, the figure of a young man. A few more movements and the work will be finished. Both man and horse will rest.

The horizon is clear, the sky meets the sea simply and naturally. A light purple hue of the sky, not at all a sign of impending bad weather.

Description of the picture:

Bathing a horse – Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov. 1905. Oil on canvas. 72×99 The plot of the picture is simple and clear. In the performance of any other author, he would have remained an etude, a breakdown, a sketch.