Unusual landscape for this artist. Yes, and winter is somehow not familiarly depicted here – cold, inconspicuous, unusual. Somehow everything is gray and uncomfortable. Something is not snowy, even the wolf is depicted exactly as we imagine the wolf in winter: a hungry hunter. The trees in this landscape are also some gray gray, in fact, like the sky. White snow only enhances the feeling of grayness and bluishness of tree trunks.
Strengthens the feeling of emptiness and the fact that the wolf rushing around the forest in search of food, like a man in search of warmth and society. Loneliness, one continuous winter loneliness.
It does not look like Levitan, he is not such a harsh landscape painter. His work is always bright, juicy. But this canvas is really unbearably cold. Probably the artist at that time was not a very good mood or there was a black band, because only with such a gloomy feeling it was possible to perform such work. But this forest in the spring and summer looks very different: everything is green, beautiful and everyone is fed. And most importantly, there is no this feeling of loneliness; it is somehow easier in the heart.
At first, nobody liked this canvas, and it was because of the unpleasant sensation of cold and loneliness. But soon the canvas was considered and even began to praise him. Then much depended on the critics and on the specialists, if they approved it, the canvas became salable, and if not, it simply remained in the archive of the artist. The canvas is now in the Tretyakov Gallery and still attracts attention, as it used to be at its first show at the exhibition.
And still, no matter what the job, it is done. She told us about what the artist was thinking, and what sensations he was tormented. This is so simple, through the landscape, he was able to convey to us his condition. And because of this, we know that Levitan was not a simple landscape painter, but a true master.