“Village. Winter ”, Isaac Ilyich Levitan – description of the painting

Description of the picture:

Village. Winter – Isaac Ilyich Levitan. 1877-1878. Canvas, oil. 15 x 23
The founder of the mood landscape genre, Isaac Levitan had a very delicate mental organization, an attentive look and a sensitive heart. His mobile psyche did not play the best role in his life – frequent suicidal thoughts, decadent moods, tears. But it was this hypersensitivity that was the very tool that made his paintings come to life and shimmer with shades of different feelings and emotions.

The picture “Village. Winter ”Levitan finished in 1878. These are the first steps of the future internationally recognized master – Isaac at that time was only 18 years old. All sorrows and joys are yet to come, and all the paintings have yet to be written, taking their worthy place in the visual arts.

But already in this early work, one cannot fail to notice the unconditional talent and penetrating look of the aspiring painter. A road with a slightly distinguishable earthy trail takes you deeper into the picture, forming the basis of compositional construction. And on both sides of the hackneyed trail, it seemed as if they lodged, the village houses, whose roofs were covered by a thick layer of snow cover, crested.

Slender rows of houses give the picture a uniform leisurely rhythm, and small details attract the attention of the viewer, captivating in an ordinary, but such a beautiful winter plot. Bare trees, breaking through a thick snowy canvas, shrubs, some snow-covered forest in the distance. In order to show that life is in full swing in the village, the author placed a human figure that the viewer is not so easy to “read” in this snow-white landscape.

The unusually spiritualized canvas is imbued with love and admiration. Especially when you think about what difficult hour of his life his author wrote. Having no means of livelihood, Levitan and his brother spent the night right in the workshop of the MUZHVIZ, hiding behind the curtains or easels, but, but if the watchman still found a young man, he immediately sent them to the street. But Isaac “did not take offense” at the cold surrounding him when he was forced to wander around the city at night, but, on the contrary, sought out semitones and shades, noting the surrounding beauty and trying to embody it on his canvases."

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