“In the north wild …”, Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin – overview of the painting

“In the north wild …”, Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin – overview of the painting
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    • Posted by Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin
    • Museum: National Museum “Kiev Art Gallery”
    • Year: 1891

Overview of the painting :

In the north wild … – Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin. Oil on canvas. 161 x 118 cm

“The hero of the Russian forest”, “the poet of nature” – as the unsurpassed master of painting Ivan Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin, who left the descendants a wonderful legacy – the landscapes of his native country, is called.

All the ideas and ideas that inspired him, the artist brilliantly reveals in his works. So, in 1891 he wrote a picture, which is a classic illustration of the famous poem by Mikhail Yurievich Lermontov.

Shishkin always sang the expanses of the Russian land and here the viewer sees a special beauty – winter, cold, lonely, but from this no less impressive.

The main character of the picture, like poems, is pine – high and strong. It is almost completely hidden under the snow, which with a heavy load oppresses the branches to the ground.

Both Lermontov and the poetry, and Shishkin, using painting, had an analogy between man and tree. The universal loneliness, the image of an abandoned person, sad, deprived of the support of relatives, their kind words and communication were conveyed.

A huge tree rises above the dark abyss, above all gray-blue, ice-free. Moonlight, not visible to the viewer, but perfectly guessed, illuminates the drooping crown of pine and gives a shadow from the tree, once again emphasizing its magnitude and modesty.

Thanks to this nightly light, floating clouds are visible indifferently in the sky, which seems almost dawn. There are no “interlocutors and comrades” for a lone giant tree.

And he dooms and dreams in a dream about a beautiful hot country, where the same lonely “the beautiful palm grows on a cliff with fuel.”. And there is no way to unite these two souls, which reinforces feelings of doom, loneliness and suffering.

But, perhaps, peering and reading the classical works of the artist Shishkin and the poet Lermontov, the viewer concludes that everything is not so sad in this story. After all, this is only winter, it will end, there will be the sun, distant plains and stone rocks will be covered with cheerful greenery, and the tree itself will lively rustle with fresh and young leaves.

The color scheme used by the painter is very limited. But Shishkin is a brilliant master in using the principles of tonality. Yes, there is no bright color in the picture, but there are shades, tones, brothels and light gradations.

They are so multifaceted and spectacular that with their help the artist perfectly conveyed the state of nature, the imagery, and the almost animated nature of this snowy giant. How competently the artist uses light shades, alternating dark and bright plans in composition. Thanks to this, the space leaving the distance is almost physically felt, the depth of the cliff and the edge of the horizon are felt.

Such performance characterizes the mastery and professionalism of the author, creates his recognition and determines the style of the creator.

Near this picture, the museum always has a spectator with invariably sincere love for the work of this first-class and talented painter. Probably there is no such artist who was more fervent in love and knew how to draw native forests and expanses of Russian nature, like Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin.