Tonight I wanted to show you something romantic and chose this painting. It is called "Roses against the sea" (1930). The painting is by Konstantin Korovin (1861-1939) who was a notable russian artist, decorator and writer.
Korovin came from a traditional merchant family in Moscow. Konstantin’s older brother Sergey Korovin also was a notable realist painter. In 1885 Konstantin Korovin visited Paris where he fell under the influence of Impressionists. Paris and it’s life and atmosphere form a very strong subject in Korovin’s art. In 1922 Korovin follows his friend’s advice and moves to Paris.
"Beauty and joy of living. The very essence of paintings, my canvases and me myself is sharing this beauty…" - Korovin wrote.
All in all Korovin created more than 20 paintings depicting roses. Like many others this is a floral still life painting. Korovin loved roses. His roses are pulpy, noticeable, passionate and strong. There is no lyrical observation of flowers or classical elegance you’ve seen before. These roses are painted with burning and overwhelming passion. Apart from being the most popular symbol it is also a meaningful one. It symbolises physical love, eternal love, youth, passion and sacrafice. At the same time it symbolises mystery, silence and eternal cosmic forces.
Here I particularly like that on the right side apart from roses you can see a tiny ship and embankment.