Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Welcome, March

Isaac Levitan, March,1895. 75 x 60 cm. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Isaac Levitan (1860-1900) rarely painted snow. "But there came a time when he finally tackled the motif," says Alexei Fiodorov-Davydov. "Everything is shot through and through with the anticipation of spring."

"Though this was for Levitan a new theme, he created a picture that opened a new chapter in the history of Russian landscape painting. Nobody before him had painted snow with so much color, a sunlit, picturesque snow with blue shadows, nobody had so depicted the spring sky and trees."

As with many of Levitan's paintings, March captures the unassuming poetry of Nature's quiet moments, the majesty of the unadorned.
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4 comments:

DamianJ said...

That delicious blue shadow on the snow reminds me of the work of a Latvian painter, Vilhelms Purvītis ( 1872-1945 ) who, although more Impressionist in his technique, had an equal eye for putting down a snow-shadow-blue that sings with vibrancy. eg his "Pavasaris" ( Latvian for Spring).

Steve said...

Beautiful, evocative painting. Thanks for bringing it to us -- it really has the feel of late winter/early spring. I'm particularly struck by the bird house about 20 feet off the ground in the most spindly of topmost branches. Hard to picture how humans fastened it there. A very long pole and a loop on the bird house? Perhaps the work of unusually skilled birds...

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