The painting was painted in 1897.
Before the viewer appears a number of huts, which fell asleep until the morning. On the left side we see the majestic trees that cast fancy shadows on the road. The night is filled with special secrets and some unaccountable anxiety. It’s so quiet around, even the tops of the trees do not sway with the wind. The moon looks down on the village above. We still do not see it. But its light is already filling the sky and the windows of the huts. He is so sweet and inviting. Everything stands still in anxious waiting.
The audience creates a sad mood. But it is bright and almost elusive.
In one hut the light is on. Maybe they play cards there, or someone just can’t sleep in this night filled with special charm.
Levitan could not only capture the picture he saw, but also convey his attitude to it and a special look at completely ordinary things.
The painter skillfully uses the palette. It’s amazing how many shades of brown he used in his creation. With a certain monochrome, the picture is incredibly saturated with shades. The moon, or rather the light from it, and the white walls of the huts become some kind of bright spots, which somewhat enliven the landscape.
At first glance, the gloomy picture of the night becomes truly charming, filled with the expectation of something unusual and necessarily fabulous. It’s so quiet around, as if everything was frozen in anticipation of the great events that might happen soon. Every detail matters.
Levitan is all important. It seems that a little more wind will rise or night cicadas will charm you. In the meantime, a mysterious silence prevails.
Levitan was able to see something special in the pictures familiar to his contemporaries and convey his attitude and special mood in the pictures. Only a true master can not only depict what he sees, but also create a special mood in the audience.