The painting was painted in 1897.
The artist understood all the charm of tender nature. Her charm is transparent, and the charm is imbued with a special sadness. His painting makes a special impression on us. It is very simple and natural, but it is in this extraordinary sophistication. It is important that for this sophistication Levitan did not put any effort. We do not feel any special artificiality. This arose by itself.
In the latest paintings of Levitan felt the hand of a virtuoso master.
The picture shows the weather, quite thoughtful and really gloomy. We do not see the moon, it only illuminates the road. It is by the nature of the lighting that you can guess that the moon is not bright, but faded. The sky is not dark, as one might imagine. It shimmers with moonlight reflections. The sky is intertwined with light and dark, giving it a special charm.
On the sides of the road rise incredibly slender birch. Their trunks are practically white with only slight shades of gray. In the distance small houses are slightly guessed. We can assume that there is a village. There is no doubt that this road, illuminated by moonlight, is nice to walk at night. The viewers of this picture just want to walk through it, admiring this wonderful sky, plunging into this wonderful atmosphere of solemn gloom.
Levitan skillfully used paint. All colors are cold enough, as if transparent. The nature depicted is quite ordinary, but in the light of the moon pouring on it, some worlds are reflected in a fanciful way. Trees, the road seem to be some kind of unusual and almost alien, but at the same time the most familiar and familiar.
Mastery of Levitan – to depict the familiar to absolutely everyone landscapes in a completely different way. He could find in the ordinary something special, feel his new sound and pass it on to the viewers of his creations.