In the painting Cello by Leonid Afremov, a modern impressionist artist renowned for creating colourful artwork, the use of colour is exceptional.

From red to indigo, Afremov’s use of colour stimulates the mind, as this painting appears to contain every colour under the sun. The range of colours and the juxtaposition of unusual colour combinations provoke a stream of emotions in the viewer that include passion, serenity and enrapture. It is the use of colour that truly brings the cello player to life and colour is therefore crucial to the overall success of the painting.

The composition of Cello is also very clever, as foreground and background are merged. The cello player’s limelight is stolen by the abundance of colour in the background, which captures the reader’s attention. On the other hand, it could be also be said that the colourful background brings the picture to life because the brush strokes draw the reader’s eye inwards towards the middle. The slightly rough texture and rapid brush strokes make it seem as if all the colours are streaming towards the main character from the right and out of her from the left, injecting her with life.

Another well thought through aspect of the painting is the subject matter. Afremov‘s decision to depict a musician works well, as music and art are often linked together and both can serve to provoke strong emotions. It almost seems as if the colours reflect the tone of the music played by the cellist in the image.  

Overall Afremov’s Cello is a remarkable painting. With a unique use of colour and well-executed brushstrokes, Afremov has created something truly striking.


Na’Imah Laurent-Dixon

About Miss Thomas

I am an English teacher at The City Academy, Hackney.

2 responses »

  1. rumpie says:

    Also like the way the image seems to flow accross the canvas, creating movement and some tension

  2. Phenomenal review Na’Imah! Your careful selection of words as well as adjectives, have definitely conveyed your point clearly.

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