“Forest Polina”, Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin – overview of the painting

“Forest Polina”, Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin – overview of the painting
"Forest Polina", Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin
  • Museum: GMII of the Republic of Tatarstan
  • Year: 1897

Overview of the painting :

Forest Polina – Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin. Oil on canvas. 81.5 x 109 cm

   The painter Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin has many paintings of nature of his native land, pine forests and mighty oaks, but perhaps the landscape of Forest Polina stands out from the entire widest collection of the author’s works.

   It would seem a typical place on the Russian side, but with what a light, gentle and trepidable this corner of natural beauty appears before the audience, thanks to the artist’s talented brush.

   Shining piercing blue-bearing sky, with floating air clouds. Young greens of leaves and grass, pleasing the eye with its own prudence. White flowers, so weightless, are scattered throughout the clearing. Transparent paints and sunlight creating a festive and joyful mood.

   Together, this gives the naturalness of the landscape, almost photographic, and the very first impression of what he saw, the emotionality that is characteristic of impressionists, but not often used by Shishkin, since he is still a representative of the Dusseldorf School.

   The landscape of the forest meadow turned out to be very soulful, fresh and inspirational, filled with harmony and understanding of the strength and beauty of the surrounding nature. How much light and air is in this wonderful place, watered by the smells of summer grass.

   Each tree and each bush is thoroughly written out. Thanks to multidirectional overlay of smears, tree foliage “plays”, trembles and shimmers with various shades.

   At all the exhibitions where this painting by Shishkin participated, she made a constant impression and was always popular with the audience. And it’s clear why. After all, such masterpieces fall in love with everyone to whom the expanses, forests and endless plains of the Russian side are dear. They give childhood memories, the desire to fall into the hearty grass and drown in the infinity of heavenly azure.