Nature is beautiful, full of secrets, mysteries and beauty, which many in the bustle of days just do not pay attention, and landscape painters, romantics of the fields and forests, rivers and seas see this best of all. They know how to notice that particular light that an ordinary person does not even notice, they can see how beautiful the summer night is, and not only see, but also transfer to canvas.
For each landscape painter, nature saves something of his own, and, stretching the brush to the paint, he puts his own look into the picture. Not just the world around us – but the world as the artist sees it. Look at the pictures of Levitan in this sense is very nice. His gaze is full of love for the world, attention to detail, kindness and tenderness. The most mundane things in his landscapes seem even more beautiful than they actually are. Filled with meaning.
Similarly, the “landscape with a steamer” could not attract the viewer’s eye if it were in real life. If you had to go past him with a bag over his shoulders, feeling the warm dust under his feet and lead fatigue all over his body. In the museum, it allows you to see yourself in all its glory, look at the huts, located by the river, to the river itself, smooth, shiny and unhurried.
To the ship, which sails majestically and slowly, reflected in the water and attracting the eye. To a low, full of clouds, sky. The landscape is beautiful because it is static, because it is imbued with the artist’s love for the motherland, for its nature, for how this nature is combined with man and the works of his hands. The houses in the picture seem part of the landscape. The steamer fits well into it.
Everything looks natural and whole, as it should be. And even if a peasant peasant goes out of the hut and goes to wash the laundry in the river, this naturalness will not fall, it will not become strained. Everything goes too well and is very beautiful in its unity.