March, 1895

By Isaac Levitan, Russian, 1860-1900

 

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Isaac Levitan (1860-1900)
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Oil Painting Reproduction on Canvas
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60 x 75 cm

 

       

Painting description

"Levitan’s March is beloved of stoic Russians for good reason: it shows the days when the long Russian winter finally gives way to Spring.  A warm light casts blue shadows on the snowy fields and the trees in the background start to carry the sun, while the little horse stands patiently outside the wooden dacha, snow already starting to melt and slip from its weatherbeaten roof.

The painting taught me that Levitan was indeed a genius, and that I, alas, was not: his style here is casual, almost offhand, but the detail, where the macula of the eye is most eager and most able to catch it on the small horse, is unbelievable.  A single perfect stroke defines each surface of the leather harness, and the little sleigh is a masterpiece: barely 3 cm long and 2 cm high, its textures and solidity are utterly convincing, as it is clearly made of the same wood surrounding the little field.  The contrast between nature’s skyward-reaching exuberance and the ramshackle, deteriorating creations of man could not be more profound." - Painter of the Soul: Isaak Levitan - iaincarstairs.wordpress.com