Levitan is called the “artist of the mood” and “the singer of Russian nature,” and it suffices to look at his paintings in order to feel with all your heart why this is so. All his landscapes are permeated with his mood – you can find cheerful and sad, joyful and dreary, imbued with fear and expectation, and, conversely, radiating hope and light.
Before the first glance at them, it seems that it is impossible to accurately convey the pain and happiness of the human soul through the image of nature – always Russian nature – but once you look, you will not be able to forget.
Hut in the meadow “- is no exception. This is a landscape-mood, which responds with a premonition of good. It seems to be nothing special – a squat hut between two tall trees, a scattering of fluffy faded dandelions on a green meadow, a tiny pond overgrown with tall grass and only a tiny edge reflecting the sky…
But all this is written in such warm, so precise colors that the mood rises and it seems that everything will turn out for the better. Summer noon of the picture – a tiny cloud floating across the sky, written very accurately and gently, in the usual quivering manner of Levitan – leads us to believe that in reality the summer will come, in which everything will be fine.
In addition, like any good picture, the landscape awakens the imagination – it is easy to imagine a young girl, almost a girl, in simple homespun clothes coming out of the hut, and going to tear dandelions, blow off soft white fluff from them, make wishes and laugh. Or two children will run out, will start to run among flowers, will lift the whole dandelion storm, and after that they will fall asleep in the soft grass.
“Hut in the meadow” pushes to such thoughts and fantasies, provokes them. And this is nice, because without a picture a person does not always have the time and desire to think about laughing children himself.