When on the plate indicating the canvas is written that this is the work of Levitan, it is possible to accurately determine that there will be an ingenious work. Whatever this artist depicts, whatever the format of the work, she will always be incredibly talented. So this canvas is not that big, but it is very talentedly written.
True, this time Levitan depicted the harsh northern nature on canvas. This is not Central Russia with its beauty of birches, oaks and other beauties of the Russian forest. Here the queen of forest expanses – spruce. But there is a rival – pine. But do not think that in the north do not grow oaks and stuff. There is much there and of this much there is the most useful for a person. Berries, animals, medicinal plants – all this is in the north.
On the canvas we see the northern river and sky. It is amazingly beautiful. True, not so blue, but rather all gray, so crispy because of the clouds. Clouds are reflected in the river, and up to the sky rushed fir trees, even beauties. These are not such chic and fluffy spruces that grow in the Moscow region.
This is different and because the sun in the north is not so much, almost always overcast. And again, despite the bad weather, there is still a lot of things growing. From berries, for example, blackberries, cloudberries, currants… There is another useful tree in the north – cedar. It gives us very tasty pine nuts. As for living creatures, this is enough in the north. Naturally, bears are from large animals and bison. Of the smaller ones, they are hares, squirrels, and ermines.
In the north, other predators can also live – tigers, lynxes, cheetahs. This all is not, of course, on the canvas, but there is practically the whole variety of the northern flora. But the artist did not focus here on the grassy carpet of this shore, everything is somehow blurred and only paints indicate that, apparently, autumn is on the canvas. And this northern autumn is not nearly as good as the other autumn landscapes of the painter.