Like many professional artists, Isaac Levitan performed sketches before painting. Among the master’s works, there are many sketches and sketches for the painting “Forest Lake”. In this work, the artist managed to convey the extraordinary beauty of Russian nature.
The beauty and depth of the image of the lake in the forest seem to dissolve the foreground, the picture becomes three-dimensional and all plans are perceived as a single whole. In the center of the composition there is a majestic forest lake, which reflects the tops of the trees that surround it in a dense ring. The evening sun paints the pines on the shore in yellow, and Levitan’s use of sufficiently dark tones in his work only adds transparency and mystery to the image.
On the left side of the picture, the artist depicted a sandy shore, turning into dense grass, showing the shoreline of the lake. The rest of the shores of the lake differ: sometimes they are gentle, sometimes they rise high above the surface of the water. The pine trees surrounding the lake from all sides become a kind of background for the image of the massive water column.
Of course, the main character of the picture is a forest lake, it is to it that the artist draws the viewer’s attention. The greater realism of the image of the water and the surrounding forest shows both the author’s love for the beauties of Russian nature and his skill as a landscape painter.
Year of painting: 1895.
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Writing technique: oil.
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