Konstantin Korovin - View from the Terrace, Gurzuf [1912]

It is with a true joie de vivre that the colours explode onto the canvas of this painting. The composition dances with light and in the torrent of pinks, purples and azure blues, there is a sense that life in all its vivacity and beauty is parading before our eyes. Korovin explained the sentiment at the core of his work as "the beauty and joy of life. The re-creation of this joy is the very essence of my picture, of every part of every piece of canvas I ever painted, of my ego..."

[Oil on canvas, 90 x 145 cm]