The painting was painted by Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin in 1858.
The painter depicted the island of Valaam on canvas. We see the most beautiful time – summer. All the greens are so juicy that it is simply impossible not to rejoice. The painter managed to convey her freshness and beauty. How many shades of green used Shishkin.
In order to most naturally portray each blade of grass and each leaf. They are far from one monotonous color. Trees, illuminated by the rays of the summer sun as natural as possible. We do not just see them, but as if we feel a light whiff of the summer breeze, which gently waves leaves and grass. I just want to be here to enjoy the beauty and special silence, filled with the barely audible sounds of nature. Grasshoppers are about to begin to stir and to rustle slightly disturbed leaves. Every detail is traced by Shishkin as accurately as possible. There is a feeling that this is not even a picture, but a photograph.
The artist depicted the usual summer day, which is all imbued with sunlight. Soft blue sky, rich greenery, quiet river, what could be more beautiful than this quiet charm of nature. Such a beauty, at first glance. Invisible. It can be seen every day. But this is precisely its true strength. Only the master can not only see, but also convey in his picture the living nature, which is all filled with the summer sun. In everyday life, we all hurry somewhere. At no time to stop and listen.
Shishkin loved nature and knew how to convey its beauty. The skill of the artist is to notice the inconspicuous, to find the unusual in the ordinary, to hear the sounds of silence.
All nature in the picture is voluminous. Each stone is fully tangible, each blade of grass and tree leaves are voluminous. So you want to touch them, and it seems that it is quite real.
The painter put his soul into this picture.