“Highway in the Forest”, Shishkin – overview of the painting

“Highway in the Forest”, Shishkin – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin
  • Museum: Donetsk Regional Art Museum
  • Year: 1870s

Overview of the painting :

A little side in the forest – Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin. 1870s. Oil on canvas. 73 x 56 cm
   “Highway in the Forest” is an amazing masterpiece of I. Shishkina, which amazes with its simplicity and originality. It would seem like a normal plot: trees, road, small house. However, something beckons us to contemplate this picture for a long time, as if hoping to find an encrypted message in it. Well, such a masterpiece cannot be just a picture written in the mood. What immediately catches your eye is high birch on both sides of the road. They stretch up – closer to the sun.

   Dark green tones prevail in the picture, and only in the background we see grass and tree foliage illuminated by the sun. The ray of the sun also falls on the wooden watchman, thereby highlighting it in the picture. She is the main highlight of the masterpiece – the brightest detail. The picture is striking in its volume. When looking at it, the depth is felt – the viewer seems to be surrounded on all sides by trees and beckoning forward.

   The forest depicted by Shishkin seems dense. Through it it is not so easy to break through the sunlight, but in the very center of the picture – where the gateway stands, we see a gap. The picture is saturated with the delight of nature and at the same time expresses a contrast between nature and man. That this watchman is in comparison with the mighty barrels of pines and high birch trees? Only a small speck in the forest.