Isaac Levitan – a great master of the brush and a man with a difficult fate – left a great legacy, represented by vivid and expressive landscapes.
In 1892, the artist created the painting “Evening Bells”. This picture reflected the impressions that the author received on a trip to the holy places on the Volga. The monasteries he saw became the basis of an unusually poetic image, which is consonant with the famous music and poetry, the church bell ringing.
The master depicts a hot summer evening. In the rays of a blazing sunset can be heard the bell ringing, inviting to the evening prayer. Another day coming to the end brings a pleasant longing and sadness and the expectation of a new day.
Natural solemnity and grandeur are emphasized by a slightly darkening sky with a pinkish haze widely spread over it. Heavenly heights in gray divorces are reflected in a smooth and calm water surface.
The river flows widely and calmly between the dark beaches, sandy near the water’s edge, and then covered with thickets of bushes. On smooth water in a boat, people pilgrims swim across to the opposite side. They are in a hurry to have time for evening service. Helpful monks are already waiting for them on that shore. And two boats with a bored boatman, wooden gangway remained on this shore.
White and stone walls and golden domes of the monasteries, as well as the sharp spire of the bell tower are reflected in the clear and quiet water. The majestic buildings themselves are hidden behind the green of the trees. Here, as it were, the spiritual and natural principles, which lead to silence and tranquility, merge together.
“Evening Bells” is one of the most significant paintings of the great landscape painter. It shows the skill of an experienced painter who knows how to see the beauty of nature and embody it on canvas in paints. Here you can clearly see the mood of the author, his desire for the divine. The unusually majestic and fascinating soul music of the artist is transmitted to the viewer.