Isaac Levitan: Golden Autumn, Slobodka (1889)

Isaac Levitan, Golden Autumn, Slobodka, (Original Title: Золотая осень. Слободка) 1889, oil on canvas, Dimensions: w675 x h430 mm, From The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Image Source: Google Arts & Culture

From the collection of The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

The motif of Russian autumn is often encountered throughout the career of Isaac Levitan, a master of the lyrical landscape.

The traditional gathering of autumn leaves, the special transparency of the air and the feeling of sorrow at the passage of summer found a lively response in the artist’s soul. Animating the world of nature with subtle emotions, Levitan creates a mood landscape, expressing the beauty of nature with the help of rich and complex paintwork. Growing among the peasant allotments divided by a narrow, stooping hedge, the young birch tree shows off its still magnificent foliage. This is the most active patch of paint in the entire canvas, uniting the slightly muffled tones of the rest of the colour orchestra.

Mikhail Nesterov wrote that Levitan managed to convey the “modest and innermost concealed in each Russian landscape — its soul and charm.” Golden Autumn. Slobodka was shown at the Sezession exhibition of 1898.

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  • Title: Golden autumn. Slobodka
  • Date Created: 1889
  • Location: Russia
  • Physical Dimensions: w675 x h430 mm (Complete)
  • Painter: Isaac Levitan
  • Original Title: Золотая осень. Слободка
  • Type: painting
  • Rights: The State Russian Museum, 1908, The State Russian Museum
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. forthemo says:

    (EN) Beautiful indeed. I appreciate very much your love for art 😊
    (IT) Bello davvero. Apprezzo molto il tuo amore per l’arte 😊

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    1. Thank you, forthemo! I appreciate your visit and your kind words. 🙂

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  2. JMN says:

    That golden tree is hypnotic. I like the understated style of this painter. It may sound odd, but studying the painting makes me (an amateur painter) reflect on simplicity and honesty, and how hard they are to achieve in picture-making (for me). Go figure. Thank you for publicizing this artist. The detail shots are always instructive — the next-best thing to alarming a museum guard by sticking one’s nose close to a painting! 🙂

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    1. lol, I fear I *would* alarm the guards trying to see the brush strokes. Another by Levitan is scheduled for tomorrow (I think). Thanks for commenting, JMN 🙂

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  3. Impressive work of art. Thank you for sharing this beautiful art.
    Hugs from afar.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts, Lincol. 🙂

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      1. Thanks to you for sharing with us true works of art.

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