The painting depicts a light forest landscape familiar to Levitan: nature, a forest – a familiar image from childhood. So the author tried to convey all the joy of the triumphant nature of summer. She is in a hurry to live, as the summer period is fleeting, unfortunately.
Who would not want to find themselves in such a forest! You can feel the aroma of the meadow: beautiful cornflowers, bells, porridge, chamomile. One gets the feeling that if you reach out your hand, you can pick these flowers, collect a bouquet or tie a wreath on your head, as in childhood.
Not far, behind a meadow, there is a forest road – a fairly wide sandy road. Probably not so often you can see horse carriages here. It is good to wander along this path in summer twilight or, conversely, in the early morning, when dew will tickle your feet.
In the background, lush green trees are depicted behind the meadow. On the right side there is a lonely birch tree and a large bush growing. Further, beyond the road, you can see a dense, huge forest teeming with an abundance of berries and mushrooms. Probably, any of us went to such a forest for mushrooms and berries. Here you can find a squirrel or a hare. You can just lie on the grass, throw all thoughts out of your head, watch the clouds in the sky.
And the sky is clear and blue, sometimes bright blue. Several small clouds emphasize the lightness and completeness of the natural composition. Looking at the picture, you can feel the cool forest air and the scent of wildflowers. The only pity is that you can’t touch the fragrant piece of untouched nature with your hand.
Year of painting: 1895.
Dimensions of the painting: 43.5 x 61 cm.
Writing technique: oil.
Gallery: private collection.