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MYSTERIOUS NIGHT - oil painting on canvas by Leonid Afremov

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  • Size: 20"x36" (50cm x 90cm)
  • Signature: Signed on the front and back
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  • Materials: Palette Knife, Oil Paint, Canvas
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We would like to present hand painted oil on canvas painting (recreation) of Afremov's artwork mentioned in the title. This art piece made by Leonid Afremov Studio with the same amount of soul and emotion just like the first original painting. The piece is created with oil paint on artistic canvas using Afremov's unique technique of a palette knife. The artwork has a lot of texture, you can feel the strokes by touching this painting. By purchasing on our site, you are buying directly from Leonid Afremov Studio. We guarantee your satisfaction and the best customer experience.

The artwork is signed on the back and on the front. The certificate of authenticity will include the name of the owner who purchased the piece of artwork. The certificate is signed by Leonid Afremov Studio. If you are buying this painting as a gift, please provide us the name of the gift recipient for the certificate. We can also ship to the address of the recipient of your gift.

about this painting:


Twilight magic

There is hardly a time more enigmatic than the night. In this quiet, dark hour everything that we didn’t see and hear behind the bright colors and loud sounds of the day comes to life and captures our attention. Walking down the empty street, with ghostly reflections trembling on the rain-washed asphalt and dim lantern light sipping through the wet leaves, you can feel the strange harmony spilled around. All of a sudden, a mere puddle turns into a magical mirror full of floating reflections, the trees start whispering tales of the wind in your ears and you can almost understand them, and every shadow seems to move on its own, as if living a life separate from the object that casts it. These amazing scenes are aptly captured in mysterious paintings by Leonid Afremov. Using a special palette knife technique, he makes us see the simplest sceneries in a new, captivating way. Just like on this marvelous canvas. Let’s plunge into this rainy night and take a stroll together with the artist!

So where does the painting take us?

  • It’s dark and chilly, but the burning lanterns fill the air with warm and hospitable shimmer.
  • Reflecting in the wet asphalt, stray lights dance up and down the empty road turning it into a twinkling river.
  • The lone tree in the foreground seems to be aflame, with its motley foliage going from green at the edge to bright orange in the middle. It illuminates the street corner like a huge candle lit up by an invisible hand.
  • The vivid colors of the houses that glow red, lilac and blue in the darkness make the scene look a bit surreal, as if it just your dream and you are about to wake up.
  • If we take a closer glance, we can also notice a few silhouettes of late by-passers that seem to be just casual strokes on the canvas. They are, too, part of this mysterious night that quietly flows over the sleeping city.

There is no need for it to end! It is in your power to keep this charming moment lasting for years on your wall. Just don’t leave it bare…

Night in art

For centuries, images of nighttime have played an important role in painting. Artists have tried to convey the subtle play of light and shade that is only visible after dark, the properties of illuminated objects and the mesmerizing atmosphere of this hour. Here is how night scenes were portrayed in different times and what they meant:

  1. Nocturnal landscapes were particularly widespread in ancient China and Japan. Since people of these countries believe in divine forces of nature, night imagery wasn’t there just for the sake of aesthetics. That particularly concerned the moon that often signified the character’s loneliness while also creating a romantic or mystical setting. Many night scenes also contained mythological figures like moon goddess Chang’e. These traditions have survived until our days. For instance, ‘One Hundred Aspects of the Moon,’ a series of wood block prints made by Japanese artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi in the 19th century, uncovers different meanings of this image depending on the moon phase.
  2. In Christian art, the symbolism of the night was rather ambiguous. On one hand, dark shades stood for sorrow, fear and death. In old legends, all evil creatures surface at night because this is the time we are most helpless. On the other hand, though, sources of light representing divine guidance looked particularly striking against a nocturnal background. Artists used it to create mesmerizing light effects. Everywhere on medieval frescoes and canvases, we can see angels and saints surrounded by shining halos. That was meant to emphasize the power of the greater good always illuminating our path even in complete darkness.
  3. However, only in modern art night has gained such a wide palette of shades and meanings. Vincent van Gogh was famously fascinated by nocturnal imagery that appears on stunning canvases like ‘Starry Night’ or ‘Café Terrace.’ Here the night explodes with a firework of colors that swirl in the deep blue sky and cast a surreal haze on the city. Van Gogh and other impressionists tried to show how the world transforms after dark, how reality and dream merge in the shadows and how our imagination picks up where our eye lefts off to come up with scenes like this.

Leonid Afremov seems to share the same philosophy. In his amazing works, he proves that the palette of the night is just as rich and versatile as the palette of the day. And even though the time he paints is dark and eerie, his nocturnal city views will fill your place with more light than the sunniest landscape! Let the glaring colors and twinkling shades of the night illuminate your home – and your life – for many years!

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