The famous “En Route” is fine example of Georgy Nissky’s industrial landscapes from the late 1950s. The artist spent five years working on it, repeatedly changing the composition until he found the perfect proportions. Expert restoration has shown how, in order to open up the horizon as much as possible and give an added sense of depth, the artist moved the signals to the right and removed some human figures from the center of the platform. He also shortened the station building and obliterated the station clock. The key correction saw the sun made bigger and moved to the right where it complements the main diagonals
in the painting: the train rails and the railway station lines.
Nissky’s railway works partly expressed the artist’s memories of his childhood at the small village station of Novobelitsa in Belarus: “I still love my native landscape with the glimmering affection of childhood — the signals, the running rails, the swaying pine trees disappearing into the forest and those endless Belarusian fields of drifting snow … they are all unforgettable and my heart trembles with those sweet,
Paintings featured in this exhibition:
"Russia on the Road.1920-1990" - Palazzo delle Esposizioni - Rome, Italy (29.09.2015 - 28.12.2015);
"Россия в пути. Самолётом, поездом, автомобилем" - The Institute of Russian Realist Art - Moscow, Russia (21.01.2016 - 23.05.2016).