“Evening after the Rain,” Levitan – overview of the painting

“Evening after the Rain,” Levitan – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Isaac Ilyich Levitan
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1879

Overview of the painting :

The evening after the rain is Isaac Ilyich Levitan. 1879. Oil on canvas.

   The urban landscape, the soulfulness and poetry of which is in no way hindered by the urban component, was written in 1879. Isaac Levitan was then only 19 years old.

   The evening plot was very close to the novice painter – he still remembered very well the time when he and his brother simply had no place to live. If you could not hide from the watchman and stay overnight at school, the youths had no choice but to go outside and wander around the city all night, waiting for the start of classes.

   It was in such forced walks that Levitan noticed a lot of things and celebrated for himself. So in this picture we see empty apron, the pavers of which glisten from the recent rain and the flashes of the sunset. Silence and peace. Only a little audible metal knock the wheels of the train accompanies this calm city landscape.

   The sky is surprisingly thin and accurate – smooth overflows from blue and white to yellow and almost red show not only the time of year, day, but also a momentary natural state. It is about to end the rain, as evidenced by the wet shiny paths with platform, and heavy rain clouds, floating low above the ground.

   How many of these same stations, platforms and rains in everyone’s life, but only at Levitan this plot received such a poetic and even philosophical implementation. Here it is the power of art in its most tangible manifestation!