Twilight. Stoga, Isaac Ilyich Levitan, 1899

Twilight. Stoga, Isaac Ilyich Levitan, 1899
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  • Posted by Isaac Ilyich Levitan
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1899

Overview of the painting :

Twilight. Stoga – Isaac Ilyich Levitan. 1899. Cardboard, butter. 59.8X74.6

   The motive for this picture of Isaac Ilyich Levitan is a fettered field, a sky with a dim moon and a stack… But what a penetration, what a high poetry! “The motive that Levitan has recently reached is such an amazing simplicity and clarity of motive,” A. said. P. Chekhov – no one reached him, but I don’t know if anyone will reach after.

   In the late period, the artist’s work is characterized by generalization and laconism, combined with the great content of the image of nature. Levitan loves to write now the evening and night nature – the time when some kind of his own, special, invisible life awakens in it. In this twilight hour, nature calms down, as if listening to itself. In the air thickening from the dark, forms lose their volume and mass, seem ghostly. The stack looks like silhouettes. Their repeated measured, leisurely rhythm tells the landscape the mood of a quiet drama. The motionless nature in dim light of the dim moon seems mysterious, mysterious, wary. With amazing penetration, sensitivity and keenness, Levitan captures the finest manifestations of the life of nature hidden before him from the eyes of artists, its internal beating and rhythm. The artist reveals this in the same inconspicuous, subtle movement of color. The finest shades of green, purple, blue create the harmony of the night landscape.