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Description of the painting by Ivan Shishkin “Deadwood”


Among Russian landscape painters, there is not one whose skill, ability to capture nature on canvas is equal to the talent of Ivan Shishkin. Its ability to subtly reproduce to the smallest detail any bush or tree is truly surprising.

Spruce, birch, oaks - all of them were transmitted to the canvas with photographic accuracy without unnecessary embellishment or understatement. Leaves, branches, bark - all this was reproduced to the point. And even in such trifles as the soil on which trees grow, grass, stones, Shishkin was invariably accurate.

It will take a lot of time to transfer all of the artist’s canvases, because his creative heritage is by no means limited to the famous “Morning in a Pine Forest”.

The lion's share of his work is occupied by “random” sketches that capture nature in all its manifestations. The artist began to create them while still a student of the Academy of Arts, in order to subsequently refer to the genre of etude throughout his life, improving. So, using the example of late studies, you can see how the artist seeks to more accurately convey the nuances of nature, the expression of images using the principles of tonal painting.

The study “Valerzhnik” (1893), among others, witnessed the search for Shishkin. Two features draw attention to this picture. First of all, this is an unusually light tone of the picture, indicating that the artist chose the time of dawn as the image. A similar mood is present in the already mentioned “Morning ...”, but even there the light colors still do not sound so piercing as in “Valerzhnik”.

In addition, the choice of the image object is also interesting - the deadwood, that is, trees that, broken by a storm or for another reason, fell to the ground. This only proves Shishkin’s interest in any, even microscopic and imperceptible changes in nature, which, in his opinion, are quite worthy of the image.





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