Russian artist, who was born in Lithuania, into a Jewish family. All this is about Isaac Levitan, the genius of Russian landscape painting. It was he who created the so-called mood landscape genre.
Among his fellow painters who painted landscapes, Levitan managed to stand out – he managed to create very emotional images of nature. His paintings were created with amazing authenticity. Throughout his entire creative life, Levitan created more than a thousand sketches and paintings.
Levitan had famous teachers – Vasily Perov, Alexey Savrasov. Thanks to his talent, desire and perseverance, after the death of his mother Levitan, he is allowed to study at an art school for free. For the first time the gift of the artist was officially recognized in 1880, at the school exhibition of paintings. His canvas was acquired by none other than the famous collector P. M. Tretyakov himself for his gallery. Since that time, the flowering of his talent comes. Levitan does not stop and gives a masterpiece for a masterpiece.
The picture “Rye” shows us the river bank, on which rye is on one side (hence the name of the picture), and on the other side we can see a small temple or church. Despite the fact that buildings are painted in broad fuzzy strokes, we can discern what the artist wanted to portray. Using the muted colors, Levitan managed to show us the time of year, convey the emotionality of the landscape.
The picture is painted in oil on canvas. Size 36×53 centimeters. Located in the collection, which belongs to the National Art Museum in Riga, Latvia.