“Sosnovy Bor. Mast forest in the Vyatka province ”, Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin – overview of the painting

“Sosnovy Bor. Mast forest in the Vyatka province ”, Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin – overview of the painting
"Sosnovy Bor. Mast forest in the Vyatka province ”, Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1872

Overview of the painting :

Pine boron. The mast forest in the Vyatka province is Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin. Oil on canvas. 117 x 165 cm

   Reproduction of forests and the nature of the native side without embellishment is realistic and truthful – this is what Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin always sought.

   And when in the summer of 1872 at the exhibition organized by the St. Petersburg Society for the Promotion of Artists, his work “Sosnovy Bor. The mast forest in the Vyatka province ”, it made a huge impression not only on the audience, but also on critics and art colleagues.

   Mastery, great knowledge of nature, thoroughness of the prescribed details is simply amazing and striking. We can say that the writing of this picture marked the transition of the artist to real creative maturity.

   How powerful and majestic the Russian forest appears. Each tree has its own individuality, its own “fate.”. Here in the center are strong giants, wide and freely spread their branches and crowns. Under them are funny and clumsy cubs who got out into a sunny place to profit from something edible and get drunk water from a transparent and cold stream.

   Here is a half-barreled barrel broken by the winds, with sharp bends. And next to it is a boneless dry, and once with strong roots, a tree. Between them are young trees reaching for the sun. And near the water, on the right and left, old quagmire stumps that have outlived their age, and white-haired boulders.

   The whole landscape is saturated with the artist’s great love for his native Russian land. How proudly and impressively, calmly and proudly these centuries-old trees stand, how quiet and serene in a pine forest on a beautiful summer day. Only a large bird soars silently in the ringing air.

   Ivan Ivanovich possessed a brilliant talent for creating a landscape as if it were an illustration of a fabulous plot. But starting to look at it, the viewer sees such a realistic picture, with every drawn blade of grass, a twig and a pebble, that you can only endlessly be surprised at his abilities, patience and skill.