The famous painting "View in the vicinity of Dusseldorf" brought the Russian landscape painter I. Shishkin the title of academician in 1865.
At this time, the artist was in Germany for an internship. Together with other students of the Academy of Fine Arts there, he wrote a lot in the forest of Teutoburg, which is located near Dusseldorf. Shishkin madly liked the local landscapes, which resembled the beauty of the corners of nature in Russia.
Everything he saw with great pleasure transferred to the canvas. The works by I. Shishkin performed by the pen were highly appreciated by admirers of art, and the artist himself wrote that he had “become famous here”, that he was “shown everywhere”, and often asked if he was Shishkin that “is so beautifully painted”.
The most famous painting by the master of the brush “View of the surroundings of Düsseldorf” was painted just near Düsseldorf, it was ordered by the eminent collector from St. Petersburg ND Bykov.
Before creating the masterpiece, Shishkin wrote many sketches of similar subjects, some of the sketches even became a separate work.
Starting the work on the order, the artist could not immediately determine the plot. The first idea of Shishkin is the image on the canvas of the landscape after the last thunderstorm. However, after some time, the artist changed his plans and decided to depict the landscape in anticipation of a thunderstorm, and not after it. In general, the picture is very airy, filled with light.
To everyone who contemplates this picture, nature seems alive, you can feel its warmth and sincerity. The artist very skillfully draws every element of the canvas. To the right, in the upper corner of the canvas, the painter placed a gloomy cloud obscuring the sun.
It is this detail that indicates the approach of a thunderstorm. Here, the brush master filigree displays changes in nature with the help of contrast and saturation of tones. The storm at Shishkin symbolizes the joy of life, because people do not even think of running away from the weather, but feel themselves to be a particle of nature.
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