Lake. Russia, Isaac Ilyich Levitan

Lake. Russia, Isaac Ilyich Levitan
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  • Posted by Isaac Ilyich Levitan
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1899-1900

Overview of the painting :

Lake. Russia – Isaac Ilyich Levitan. 1899-1900. Oil on canvas. 149×208

   The synthesis of all the impressions and observations of Levitan over the nature of his native land was his last monumental work – “Lake. Russia”.

   Levitan (1860-1900) began working on this canvas in 1899, but the path to the final embodiment of the image lay through many previous years of reflection and observation, expressed in dozens of sketches, sketches and options for the future picture. The master has put in the canvas his love for the nature of his native country, carried through his whole life. Lyrism is connected here with monumentality, and in a picturesque solution, the almost impressionistic perception of the natural world is adjacent to the decorative and monumental beginning.

   Free breathing of the earth is felt in a strong rounded rhythm of the gently sloping hills. Beyond the lake, on the far shore, panorama of villages, arable land, forests. Slender bell towers whiten there, funny groves stand and even peasant canvases whitening in the sun are visible – all this is Russia. Levitan wanted to name the picture “Rus”, but doubted and said to one of his students: “… only, perhaps, a little pretentious, better simpler somehow. ”. The artist filled the landscape with a solemn grand melody of the infinitely beloved Russian nature.