“Before the Thunderstorm,” Shishkin, 1884 – overview of the painting
- Posted by Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin
- Museum: Russian Museum
- Year: 1884
Overview of the painting :
Before the thunderstorm – Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin. 1884. Oil on canvas. 110 x 150 cm
Picture I. AND. Shishkina “Before the Thunderstorm” is one of the most colorful works of the master. The artist was perfectly able to convey the atmosphere of dense dumot in front of a thunderstorm. A moment of complete silence before the revelry of the elements…
The horizon line divides the landscape into exactly two parts. The upper part is the pre-threatening lead sky, full of life-giving moisture. Lower – the land that has been depleted in this very moisture, shallow river, trees.
The abundance of shades of blue and green colors, brilliant mastery of perspective, complex, heterogeneous light strikes.
The viewer feels the thunderstorm approaching, but as if from the outside… He is only a spectator, not a participant in natural mystery. This allows him to calmly enjoy the details of the pre-threat landscape. Those details that always slip away from the human eye in nature. At the same time, there is absolutely nothing superfluous in the picture. Harmony.
Strange, but looking at the picture, the question arises: did the artist himself come in the rain or have time to take refuge? The work itself is so realistic that the question of the reliability of the landscape does not arise at all.