Rasputitsa (Sea of Mud) is a 1894 oil on canvas painting by russian artist Alexei Savrasov. Alexei Kondratyevich Savrasov (Russian: Алексе́й Кондра́тьевич Савра́сов) (May 24, 1830–October 8, 1897) was a Russian landscape painter and creator of the lyrical landscape style.
The rasputitsa (Russian: распу́тица) refers to the biannual seasons when unpaved roads become difficult to traverse in parts of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The word may be translated as the "quagmire season" because during this period the large flatlands become extremely muddy and marshy, as do most unpaved roads. The term applies to both the "spring rasputitsa" and "autumn rasputitsa" and to the condition of the roads during those seasons.The rasputitsa occurs more strongly in the spring due to the melting snow but it usually recurs in the fall due to frequent heavy rains.The rasputitsa seasons of Russia are well known as a great defensive advantage for it in wartime. Napoleon found the mud in Russia to be a very great hindrance in 1812.
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