Levitan – “Tempest. Rain”

The painting was painted by the author in 1899 and can be considered her last huge work by the famous artist.

The viewer sees the cold autumn sky in front of him, which is darkened by gray disheveled clouds. The approach of a thunderstorm is felt.

Oblique streams of rain cover the visible space. The gusts of wind are very strong, you can see how thin birches lean to the ground. Such a wind tears off the grass, darkened by bad weather, and it develops together with yellow fresh sawdust.

The same bent trees can be seen in the background. Only the stumps of the trees remain calm to what is happening and the firewood is neatly stacked. They also suffered from the cold downpour, they look dull and lonely.

The artist was the first who managed to convey the entire width of the Russian bad weather. The viewer sees in the picture the intensification of the storm due to the used compositional and pictorial means.

This picture has an unusual plot and expression of interpretation. The main tone is heavy and cold red shades. The work, of course, also has warm tones, but they are deliberately created in muted tones.

Thanks to wide strokes, the viewer sees chaotically scattered grass and sawdust. One gets the impression that it was all driven by the wind that came from nowhere. To depict a birch forest, the author uses almost black, and at the same time, light gray shades. This was done with light strokes. The painting can be considered a panorama due to the elongation and bending of the trees.

Year of painting: 1894.

Dimensions of the painting: 154 x 214 cm.

Material: canvas.

Writing technique: oil.

Genre: landscape.

Style: realism.

Gallery: Saratov Art Museum named after A.N. Radishchev, Saratov, Russia.

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