bridge, Lions Bridge, Petersburg, snow, St. Petersburg, winter
Like many other of his landscapes, A. Galimov’s work Guards at the Griboedov Channel. The Lion Bridge, is devoted to one of St. Petersburg’s corners. The artist scrutinizes the city’s signs over again, such as the older buildings emergent in continuous row along the channel framed in cast iron and granite, a small pedestrian bridge, the sculptural décor of the city. The composition that the artist creates is fragmentary and based on the intersection of diagonal rhythms which are counterbalanced by the verticals of trees and the sculpture of lion at the left part of the canvas. The painter works with bold, broad brush strokes, at the same time emphasizing the few details that contribute according to his scheme to create a lyrical image. The monochromaticism of coloring is only seeming as the canvas is painted by numerous fine tinges of white, blue, yellow and brown combined with flickering accents of gray, lilac, green and pink. Thus the recognizable Galimov’s winter St. Petersburg appears on the canvas, the snowy and deserted city lacking any bright colors as if bleached by snow and time.