Marianne von Werefkin
oil on paper on wood
19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in.
signed with monogram lower left verso titled and inscribed 'No 3 Souvenir 2000 fr' presumably by another hand
The painting was most likely executed in 1909 / 10 and depicts a spring scene in Lithuania, where Werefkin’s family had a country house and where her brother still lived at that time. After 1907 the artist mainly used tempera colors in order to add a drier and duller texture to her pictures. She attained an increased style in terms of forms and colors that corresponded with the visualization of her dreams and desires. The uniquely rendered perspectives echo melancholy, short and flowing brushstrokes in the sky and the piece of land between house and lake create an irresistible depth against which a warm and promising light floods into the scene. It is not coldness and dreariness that dominates the scene, but hope and a new life after the winter is over.