The painting was painted in 187 9 years.
We see the outskirts of the village. To the right there is a street with houses slanting from time to time. Two boys are engaged in the usual game. They are very passionate about something and do not notice that a thunderstorm is gathering.
Levitan used the most rich colors to convey the charm of nature. All grass and trees are spelled out as clearly as possible. It seems that we are about to hear the rustle of leaves and feel the breeze.
Levitan painted a typical summer day. The sky is still blue, but very soon everything will change. Thunderstorm is approaching. Clouds are gathering on the right. They are not yet dark, but only slightly dark. Levitan was able to masterfully depict the moment when the thunderstorm is still in its infancy. A strong wind is still not blowing, trees are not bending and lightning does not sparkle. All nature stood still in some waiting.
The artist masterfully conveyed an incredibly sunny mood, although the painting is called “Before a Thunderstorm”. It may appear that before a thunderstorm trees and grass freeze in the anxious waiting for something unknown, some tension is created. But the picture Levitan is different. After the rain, all nature freshen up and sparkle with new colors. That is why every tree and blade of grass froze in the anxious waiting for the coming thunderstorm.
In the usual rustic summer day has its charm. It would seem that nothing special is happening in the picture. But true beauty lies in the ordinary. A true artist knows how to see that which is beyond the control of others. Levitan conveys his own feeling. The whole picture seems to glow from the inside, it is overwhelmed with incredibly bright and rich colors. The crooked wooden houses of gray color do not create a feeling of hopelessness. The viewer has an incredibly bright and joyful feeling.
Ordinary nature before a thunderstorm acquires a new sound, thanks to the skill of the artist.