Fisherman's Village on Capri Island. Beginning of the 20th century
Oil on canvas
“Painting is not a life mirror but is a living and moving water surface, that reflects life in extravagant and unpredictable way”. That is how Konstantin Gorbatov understood art. The images of sunny Capri Island created by Konstantin Gorbatov resemble reflections on moving sea surface. They are always bright, light, and deep.
Naples environs were the favorite motif for Russian artists who arrived to Italy to study art not only from Old Italian Masters but also from nature itself. Gorbatov frequently visited Capri Island, where he got acquainted with Maxim Gorky, who adored Gorbatov’s paintings. Once, Gorky said of Gorbatov’s artworks that “every piece of his art pray God which is the Sun”. Exuberant painting “Fisherman's Village on Capri Island” is imbued with the sense of peace, the beauty of sunlight and that special feeling which is called “ il dolce far niente”.