After the rain. Mold, Levitan, 1889

After the rain. Mold, Levitan, 1889
After the rain. Mold, Levitan, 1889 - 1

  • Posted by Isaac Ilyich Levitan
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1889

Overview of the painting :

After the rain. Mold – Levitan. 1889. Oil on canvas. 80×125

   Freshness, turning into a slight anger, barges off the coast – as a symbol of the labor Volga, a huge and empty sky, recently freed from excessive moisture: it is no coincidence that this work is considered almost the best in the whole work of the great artist.

   The opaque shore is devoid of beauty and external charm. This is the place where people work, they have no time to admire nature, so nature is modest and immense. The picture is deserted, people scared by the rain have not yet returned to their everyday affairs. But with their presence everything around is saturated: here a small ship runs along the Volga, overturned to the ground, goods on the deck, etc.d.

   The light wind, determined by ripples in the water surface, brings revival to the deserted landscape. The sky with bright clouds gives the whole composition lightness and freedom.

   The town on the shore acts as a backdrop. Several buildings, among which only the church stands out, revitalize the work, giving it a multifaceted look.

   The overall rhythm of the work is measured and leisurely. The colorful gamut is poor: from light cream to perfectly white, blinding dark greenery, a common gentle-blue (emphasizing rainy damp) – create a special atmosphere of light sadness.

   The light in the work is interesting – it seems to break through the cloud shell, pours the entire landscape with a straight, invisible light, indicated only by the absence of any shadow from objects and buildings.

   The water surface was brilliantly successful for the artist: trembling silhouettes of barges, ripples, surface mirroring – everything here creates a feeling of extraordinary reliability and accuracy.

   Many of the artist’s works are surprisingly consonant with the works of Chekhov. They are united by a common sense, an amazing ability to notice important little things, and also to see the universe in trifles. So this work of the great master fills the viewer with a sense of involvement in the depicted landscape. It seems that the picture transfers the smells of wet air of the Volga coast.