Isaac Ilyich Levitan (Russian painter) 1860 - 1900
Над вечным покоем (Above the Eternal Peace), 1894
oil on canvas
150 x 206 cm.
Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
The image of Russian nature, with its lack of spectacular colours and contrasts, is endowed in this landscape with heroic features. The artist surveys the world as if seeing it like a bird in mid-flight. His eye is presented with a majestically unfolding panorama of natural elements. The theme of the world's mysterious incomprehensibility is sounded in the landscape with a solemn and grim voice. The sideways and upwards open space is represented with general planes: water and the sky, painted using the same colour scheme, which boosts the picture's monumental impact. The lofty sky, open sideways and upwards, seems to develop some sort of struggle, collision. The celestial drama is not reflected in the steel scales of the water. The sky and land – parts of faceless cosmos – are made alien to each other. It is only the cliff, straining forward as it does, with a wooden church on top, that provides evidence of the human soul, fragile but full of faith, being present in the world. The confrontation between the human spirit and the infinity of the creation is represented in the picture on an epic, universal scale.
jueves, 5 de octubre de 2017
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