Fall. 66 x 44 cm
The painting of 17-year-old Isaac Ilyich Levitan is dedicated to autumn and a simple village road. But this is also the peculiarity of a remarkable Russian painter - to see beauty in the ordinary, to sing it, ennoble, open up plots wiped from the ordinary and attract the viewer's attention to them.
A black road, washed away from the rains, visually divides the picture in half, taking the winding ribbon away to the horizon. On both sides of the narrow road are dark rustic huts with sharp roofs. People are not visible - slushy weather is not conducive to walking.
Autumn is in the yard and this is emphasized in each element. We see absolutely bare trees, yellow dented, wet grass, low heavy clouds. However, the most remarkable detail is the puddle, which almost spilled onto a softened road. It is a frequent technique for artists to use the water surface as a mirror, but usually we are talking about rivers and lakes - Levitan has enough puddles. It so clearly displays the sky, bare tree trunks, it is so delicate and delicate that it is impossible not to admire this uneven dirty puddle.
It is difficult to say which mood is dominant in this work, most likely it depends on the viewer himself. Some will feel the painful loneliness, some light sadness caused by autumn wilting, others will start into nostalgic memories, while others will only admire the sharp eye and the fine mental organization of the author of the canvas.
Of course, the following Levitan canvases will be more full of various elements, differ in compositional finds, an interesting palette, but even in this very early work, one can see the huge potential, talent of the young and incredibly poor Isaac at that time. The wonderful Russian painter here is just starting his way ... and he begins it with an autumn village road.