On Levitan's Landscapes and the Levitan Exhibition
Special issue. ISAAC LEVITAN
"Levitan's landscape" is a term firmly ingrained both in art scholarship and in the minds of many art lovers. A "Levitan landscape" is different from an "Ivan Shishkin landscape" or even landscapes by Alexei Savrasov or Vasily Polenov, although it is very close to the last ones. Usually, a "Levitan landscape" is a simple image of an almost always deserted natural environment - a creek, a narrow pathway, groves rolling on into the depth of the picture in a somewhat diagonal direction, or copses. It is set in different seasons, except (largely) winter - Levitan's pieces almost never feature images of snowy winter - and usually depicts a transitional season or summer; there are blue horizons and a high limitless sky with a distinct life of its own, beyond the mental grasp of human beings.
Mikhail Nesterov in Search of His Russia
№1 2013 (38)
A MAJOR EXHIBITION "MIKHAIL NESTEROV IN SEARCH OF HIS RUSSIA" OPENED ON APRIL 23 2013 AT THE TRETYAKOV GALLERY. LIKE TWO PREVIOUS LARGE EXHIBITIONS, ONE HIGHLIGHTING THE WORK OF ISAAC LEVITAN (2011), ANOTHER, THAT OF KONSTANTIN KOROVIN (2011-2012), THE NESTEROV SHOW IS DEDICATED TO THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARTIST'S BIRTH. THE CONCURRENCE OF SUCH ANNIVERSARIES CAUSES ONE TO MARVEL AT THE SHEER NUMBER OF EXTREMELY GIFTED PEOPLE BORN IN RUSSIA BETWEEN 1860 AND 1865: ISAAC LEVITAN (1860), KONSTANTIN KOROVIN (1861), MIKHAIL NESTEROV (1862), ALEXANDER GOLOVIN (1863) AND, AT THE TAIL END OF THIS "ALIGNMENT OF LUMINARIES", VALENTIN SEROV (1865) (SHOWS FOR THE LAST TWO ARTISTS ARE PLANNED FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS).