The great painter Isaac Levitan was very fond of nature, so most of his works are landscapes.
The painting, which bears the name Spring Has Come, was painted in 1896. She was part of a series of his most lyrical works. It captures the transition of nature to the time of spring awakening after a long winter cold.
Isaac Levitan, working on his latest creations, began increasingly to depict the quiet and peaceful landscapes of the countryside. The canvas “Spring has come” was no exception.
In 1896, the artist traveled around his friends and stayed in villages near Moscow for a long time. Perhaps one of them became the prototype of this picture, although the artist did not like to write from life.
The plot of the canvas is quite simple. It depicts a bright and warm day of early spring. Most of the picture is occupied by the earth. It still keeps traces of snow, although in the sun-drenched areas it has completely melted. Spring has not yet covered the soil with a green carpet of grass, but in some places the first small shoots are breaking through. But the trees are in no hurry to transform and come to life after a winter sleep. Their trunks and spreading branches are dry and immobile.
Behind the fence, in the background of the picture, one can see the endless expanses of Russian fields and forests. They are covered with turquoise haze and go beyond the horizon line. In the right and left corner of the canvas depicted rural huts, built of wood. Their roofs are covered with straw, to preserve heat.
The sky that stretches over the village is bright, but cold in winter. The sun has not painted it with blue paints yet. Now the sky looks faded and high.
Levitan could masterfully depict, with the help of pencil strokes, the movement of a gusting and fresh wind, sliding between the branches and the huts. The uniqueness and plausibility of this picture lies in the fact that during the work the author used different accessories for drawing, among them were gouache, pouring, whitewash, a pen and a pencil.