OIL ON CANVAS. ORIGINAL SIZE 14x11 in
- Especially in the North, the arrival of spring used to be celebrated with a feast.
- In Russia, Maslenitsa (Cheesefare Week) still takes place at the end of March.
- The ritual burning of the effigy of Winter is part of the celebration. Its ashes are scattered in the wind over the fields to sanctify the earth.
- The festivities symbolize the revival of the land and its fertility.
In this painting we can imagine Spring as a conqueror,
triumphantly arriving to put an end to a long period of darkness
and cold. The new season is joyfully received by the trees of
the North as they stretch skyward. This ecstatic crowd in white
garments tosses up a fountain of pink and white flowers like
As expressed by the Russian playwright Alexander Griboedov
in Woe from Wit
, his famous comedy of manners, "The women
and threw their bonnets in the air."