Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Creating The Landscape Of Mood



Isaac Levitan (1860-1900) was a Russian artist of world renown who was unknown to me until his work was featured on one of my favorite blogs, The Golden Fish. Born in a shtetl in Lithuania, his profound talent was so obvious, he was enrolled in a prestigious Moscow art school at 13. The death of his mother two years later, and of his father two years after that plunged him and his brother into abject poverty. Through the intervention of other artists, he was awarded a scholarship to continue at school. Two years on, in 1879, after an assassination attempt on the life of Alexander II, Jews were rounded up for mass deportations from the largest cities. Patrons of the arts pleaded with officials on his behalf and Levitan was allowed to return to Moscow.

Isaac Levitan is credited with creating the "landscape of mood" and over the short years he lived, created over 1,000 works. He spent the last year of his life at the home in Crimea of his closest friend, Anton Chekhov. The painting above is titled "Lake" and was his last, unfinished work. He painted "Waterliles", below in 1895.

5 comments:

acornmoon said...

I have never heard of this amazing artist, isn't his work wonderful? Thanks for educating me!

High Desert Diva said...

Stunning. Thanks for the introduction.

Crafty Green Poet said...

those are two very beautiful paintings, I've never heard of him before either...

steven said...

helllo golden west. thanks for sharing levitan's work here. this guy is one of my favourite artists. i've used his paintings to illustrate several postings. these two are exquisite. have a lovely day. steven

Tracy said...

These paintings have such a dreamy quality about them... I think I recall having read about this wonderful artist some time ago in American Art Review magazine. That bottom photo is exquisite...*sigh*... Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours, Golden West :o) ((HUGS))