Levitan’s painting “Berezovaya Grove”, 1889

Levitan’s painting “Berezovaya Grove”, 1889
Levitan's painting "Berezovaya Grove", 1889 - 1

  • Posted by Isaac Ilyich Levitan
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1889

Overview of the painting :

Birch Grove – Levitan. 1889. Oil on canvas. 28.5×50

   For four long years, it took the artist to complete this picture. A rare case for the work of the great master of landscape.

   It is interesting that the beginning of this work was laid in the Moscow Region, and it was completed on the banks of the Volga in the Kostroma province.

   The artist worked so carefully on his “Berezovaya Grove” is no coincidence. In Russian culture, birch plays a special role. Since ancient pagan times, for the Slavs this tree has been important for numerous rites. Birch symbolized well-being, feminine and health. The artist was well aware of the special attitude of the Russian man towards the white-barreled beauty, and therefore the work was not simple for the master.

   The whole picture is filled with joyful light, moving shadows, masterfully transmitted by the author, give rise to this playful mood of the picture. Interestingly, tree trunks give rise to associations with people for a walk.

   Dozens of shades of green, yellow sunshine, blue floral inclusion, birch whiteness – all together merges into a colorful ensemble that creates the mood of the picture.

   Using a wonderful perspective, the author seems to be fascinating the viewer’s view into the depth of the grove, forcing fantasy to work, compose some kind of “continued” plot.

   The smallest details are made masterfully, which make the picture unusually realistic. But the main thing in the work remains the light, he acts as the main character of the plot, bringing echoes of the ancient sacred nature of the “happy” tree of the Slavs into it.