Nature itself creates amazingly beautiful landscapes. Gave the artist – to see and capture them. Ivan Shishkin such pictures have always turned out great. After all, he knew how to prescribe, even with photographic accuracy, branches, grass blades and leaflets even on huge canvases. And in the picture “Breakage” we also see the soil blurred by water, from which some roots are sticking out. Here is a stump fallen in the bed of the ravine. Once he, apparently, still held roots for the earth, but it was mercilessly washed away by streams rushing here with every rainstorm, with every melting snow.
At the bottom of the cliff – water surface. The ravine probably descends to the river. That is why the water rushed so confidently here that it pierced such a hollow over the centuries. And yet, at the bottom of the ravine rooted young trees that in spite of everything grow and turn green.
Water has a lot of stones. This mighty stream rolled them up from above, from where the birch trees are trying to grow on the very edge, but it is difficult to grasp their roots by the ground, so they tilted and hung over the ravine.
Usually the author created such pictures, writing them off from life. He looked for great places and came to them day after day, at the same hours, in order to find almost the same state of nature, the same illumination.
He wrote “precipice” on a clear summer day, when it was dry in the ravine, and the exposed clay acquired yellowish-orange shades. Shishkin painted pictures tirelessly, working on several paintings at the same time. The secret of his lay in the fact that he had in the work of one picture – for the morning hours, the other – for the day, and the third – for the evening, when the heartfelt hazy mist could fall to the ground. And for each time of day, he chose the appropriate plan, which most favorably looked at a particular light.