Forest in winter, Shishkin, 1884

Forest in winter, Shishkin, 1884
Forest in winter, Shishkin, 1884 - 1

  • Posted by Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1884

Overview of the painting :

   Winter forest in the drawing I. Shishkina is special, sleeping. Life seemed to stop in him: the river almost completely froze, the trees froze, sprinkled with snow. The color scheme is simple: black, white, brown. A well-chosen basis (brown paper) perfectly conveys the colors and mood of the cloudy winter evening. The lifelessness of the landscape is violated only by small protina in the ice carpet of the little rivers reflecting the winter forest. The protins seem to give hope for an early spring, for awakening from hibernation. Snowy trees, reflected in the flowing water, as if preparing for the onset of a new stage of life, for awakening.

   The composition landscape is divided by a river into two equal parts. The river connects two halves of the forest, as if it keeps the surrounding nature on the verge of life and death, does not allow it to fall asleep too tightly.