Title: LAST TRAIN by Leonid Afremov
Size: 48"Wide x 52"High (120cm x 130cm)
Condition: Excellent Brand New
Gallery Estimated Value: $15, 000
Medium: 100% hand painted oil painiting on Canvas by Leonid Afremov - Orignal Painting
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about this painting:
Last train of the Golden era
Wall paintings are like testimonies of contemporary life. They can even demonstrate technical innovations. However, the painting LAST TRAIN is not about the state-of-the-art technologies. Quite on the contrary, the painting is a testimony of the past events. Many steam trains went away with time, but the effect they produced was so strong that the tourist companies decided to exploit the idea further. For instance, Eastern Express is a luxury train that remained almost the same from the end of the 19th century. There was no necessity in means of transport any longer but it was so popular and chic that train with sophisticated furnishings was used up to the 21st century. Quality things can’tlose their value. Last train looks as steampunk painting.
Tribute to the past
It is not so important to consider what was expressed on the painting. How did you do it– is more important question. These methods work for you to create necessary impression just like wall painting techniques. “Last train”, painted by Afremov, uses Impressionistic way of depiction. There are no distinct lines and we see vague outline of the train with steam that goes up, forward and around it. It is not quite clear what is meant by the last train. Is it the last train on that day? Or is there some more general meaning? This was probably the tribute to the past and railway carriage is one of the last retro carriages that go out of use. We cannot say that for certain.The last train leaves romantic fleur around the technological revolution.
The background images are hardly seen but we can recognize old substantial architecture of some big city. Golden colors dominate on the painting thus announcing a manifest to the Golden age, when all traveled by railroad.
Signs of Impressionism in the Last Train
The range of methods and materials employed is broader in Impressionism. Though new palette colors do not emerge, the artists experience more freedom. Simplicity and clarity is selected as basistherefore colors are not even mixed during the painting process. In spite of visible simplicity, it is not that easy to do well with minimal set. Courage and sense of taste is necessary for it.
We see such features of Impressionism on the canvas such as:
· Vague borders
· Diversity of clear colors that are used by Afremov often and etc.