When you look at I. Levitan’s canvas “Autumn Day. Sokolniki “, involuntarily you think:” Did Levitan paint this picture? “
Yes, here is the Levitan sky, high and deep. Huge white clouds float across the gray autumn sky. A wet haze soars in the air. There is no rain, but it is about to happen.
Levitanian pines, mighty, eager to stand up, standing in a high impregnable wall on both sides of the avenue. Giant trees, closing themselves, protect quiet autumn, hiding in the rare bright colors of the foliage of young maples standing at a distance from each other. Thin trees have not yet completely dropped the yellow foliage. It is scattered with bright, even spots along the park path.
This sandy path, yellow as autumn itself, goes far into the distance, beyond the pines, into the sky. Already had time to fall off the foliage poured around its edges. It kind of frames the light path. It lies between the greenery of the grass, which has not yet had time to wither, on which also fallen yellow leaves stand out.
The picture clearly traced a wide manner of writing. The artist clearly designates tree trunks, their crowns, foliage. With the help of blurry colors, the airiness of the landscape is created, the autumn dampness and silence is transmitted.
Throughout the canvas feels painful loneliness, inescapable longing and sadness. These feelings are underlined by the dark figure of a woman walking alone towards the viewer. It is this figure that confuses connoisseurs of landscape painter Isaac Levitan.
No, not a great master of nature paintings depicted a woman in black. This was done by N. Chekhov, the brother of the famous writer. Perhaps having clearly felt the loneliness of a friend-artist, Nikolai Pavlovich decided to strengthen the impression by incorporating the human image into the landscape.
Despite this dissonance and the “non-Levitan” style of the image, “Autumn Day. Sokolniki “the first canvas of the famous artist, which acquired PMTretyakov.