Alexey Savrasov

The rooks have returned, 1871, oil on canvas, Tetryakov Gallery, Russia.

Savrasov was one of the most important - arguably the most important - of all the 19th century Russian landscape painters, considered the creator of the “lyrical landscape style”. A trully emblematic work, “the rooks have returned” (or “the rooks have come back”) is Savrasov’s most famous painting. Using a common, even trivial, episode of birds returning home, and an extremely simple landscape, Savrasov emotionally showed the transition of nature from winter to spring. It was a new type of lyrical landscape painting, called later by critics the mood landscape.