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The gardens at Tsarskoë Selo were particularly desirable in the summer months and picturesque mood-evoking buildings and garden designs on the English model evolved, as so prized in France or Germany. The building of follies, or structures designed as 'ruins', as in this half-submerged example, recall the Roman Forum, for example, reminding the spectator of the civilisation found in the rest of Europe and so eagerly sought for Russia. The poetic concept of a wistful romanticism redolent of the south, so intensely encapsulated by Goethe, much read in Russia, and then by Heine with his concept of the snow-bound pine-tree yearning for the warmth of the south, is prevalent in this ravishing view captured by the Russian artist Tearnof.
The summer setting is enhanced by elegantly dressed figures, giving scale and movement to the structures; the two men on the tower underline its more prosaic function as an observatory.
|Height||255.00 cm||(100.39 inches)|
|Width||203.00 cm||(79.92 inches)|