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Isaac Levitan

Mood Landscape

1877–1899

Isaac Ilyich Levitan (Russian: Исаа́к Ильи́ч Левита́н; 30 August [O.S. 18 August] 1860 – 4 August [O.S. 22 July] 1900) was a classical Russian landscape painter who advanced the genre of the “mood landscape”. Levitan’s work was a profound response to the lyrical charm of the Russian landscape. Levitan did not paint urban landscapes; with the exception of the View of Simonov Monastery (whereabouts unknown), mentioned by Nesterov, the city of Moscow appears only in the painting Illumination of the Kremlin. During the late 1870s he often worked in the vicinity of Moscow, and created the special variant of the “landscape of mood”, in which the shape and condition of nature are spiritualized, and become carriers of conditions of the human soul (Autumn Day. Sokolniki, 1879). During work in Ostankino, he painted fragments of the mansion’s house and park, but he was most fond of poetic places in the forest or modest countryside. Characteristic of his work is a hushed and nearly melancholic reverie amidst pastoral landscapes largely devoid of human presence. Fine examples of these qualities include The Vladimirka Road, (1892), Evening Bells, (1892), and Eternal Rest, (1894), all in the Tretyakov Gallery. Though his late work displayed familiarity with Impressionism, his palette was generally muted, and his tendencies were more naturalistic and poetic than optical or scientific.

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River In The Forest, 1886
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The Istra River, 1886
Mood Landscape
Moonlit Night, Logpiles, 1898
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Spring in Italy, 1890
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Small Village, 1885
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Alps, Snow, 1897
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Golden Autumn, Slobodka, 1889
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Crimean Landscape, 1887
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Whistle-stop, 1880
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Backwater, 1880
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Volga, 1889
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The Lake (detail), 1899
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The Vladimirka, 1892
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Marsh At Evening, 1882
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Evening, 1877
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Above the Eternal Peace, 1894
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By the Water's Edge, Undated
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Birch Grove, 1889
60°00'00.0"N 90°00'00.0"E

Location: Russia
Movement: Impressionism, Peredvizhniki, Realism

Text: Wikipedia


Posted: December 2019
Category: Painting

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