Ivan Shishkin is a famous master of landscapes, his paintings of Russian forests and groves have long become widely known not only in Russia, but also far beyond its aisles. This artist is generally recognized by experts in the image of forest flora.
In 1882, the author finished his work “At the edge of a pine forest.” The famous landscape is presented in the traditional style of Shishkin realism. The picture is painted on canvas with oil paints.
The canvas depicts a tall forest inhabited by huge trees. Against the backdrop of a mighty forest, you can see a small female figure emerging from behind pine trunks.
Almost the whole picture is painted with different shades of green, and only a small figure of a person is dressed in white clothes. A small white dot against the background of a green forest emphasizes how small a person is compared to the eternity and constancy of nature.
The same idea is confirmed by the size of a miniature human figure on the background of huge pines, the trunk of which exceeds even the volume of the human body.
Symbolism is in the plot of the work. The girl comes out of the forest thicket into the world of people. The young lady personifies the entire human race, reminding us that we are all children of nature.
Centenary pines remind us of the age-old wisdom of nature, and the fragile young girl symbolizes the transience of human existence. How many such people passed by these pines and how many more will pass, will pass many years, and these pine crowns will also all be buried in the golden rays of the sun at sunset.
Calmness, tranquility, wisdom of centuries that have absorbed these mighty trees and the purest pristine nature that nature has not lost over thousands of years.
Ivan Ivanovich painted the painting “At the Edge of a Pine Forest” when he was already at a mature age. That is why the work is literally saturated with deep symbolism and is a message to all of humanity.
Today, the painting “On the edge of a pine forest” is exhibited in the Lviv Art Gallery.