The canvas is more than colorful. And most importantly, somehow it pacifies something ... This path in the forest and the family that went for a walk. It is guessed, or maybe it is, that the family went for a walk with the whole staff. Here comes the husband and wife ahead and discuss something with each other. Something is apparently very personal, and therefore aside from others.
Further from them we see another couple with children - this is most likely a grandfather with a grandmother. And in front of the whole company, as it should be - a faithful dog that guards the road. That's the whole story! But Shishkin did not just describe this plot ... We must not forget that the artist is a master of the landscape, and therefore, he always paid special attention to the landscape. And here he has a forest with stone hills and birches around. And one tree is even broken.
But the main thing that immediately draws attention is the stones. They are everywhere on the canvas ... And also pay attention to how skillfully the “light-shadow” is conveyed! It’s so accurate that you won’t understand what time of year it is: early autumn or spring, or rainy summers.
On the canvas is a quiet family idyll and forest, which has always inspired me with calm and understanding of eternity. Not only that, the author managed to convey the sensations of windy weather, a game with a shadow added many advantages to this canvas. And most importantly, there is no sense of picturesqueness, but it seems that this is a photograph. And if you consider that the artist painted all this from memory, without forcing the nature to stand in certain poses, then this is completely worthy of admiration.
After all, everything seems to be simple: to depict the forest and add the figures of people there. But it is necessary to do this so as not to spoil the impression of work. This was not always and not always possible for everyone ... Shishkin not only succeeded, but also once again confirmed his ability to portray magnificent views of nature, not forgetting about people.
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