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Pastorals and landscapes of Ivan Shishkin are known, perhaps, to the whole world. His painting “Before the Thunderstorm” was painted in 1884 and is rightfully considered one of the artist’s masterpieces.
On a large canvas, Shishkin managed to convey not just the depicted landscape in the smallest details, up to the drawing of individual blades of grass, but most importantly - the atmosphere of nature, on which the merciless element is about to fall.
The overall rich color, perfectly matched and fit into the classical format composition, as well as the skill of drawing - all this makes the picture “Before the Thunderstorm” an example for many generations of landscape painters and makes the audience admire the work for a long time in the museum.
At first glance, the picture does not seem something outstanding. The landscape of the Russian forest, dense and saturated with greenery, cut by the water surface of the river, is not much different from other images of similar scenes by artists. But if you look closely, evaluate the picture not just with a passing glance, then the viewer will discover the beauty and power of the work. The entire canvas is separated by a clear horizon - from above bright blue saturated sky, on which black clouds already swirl, and from below the green of the forest.
Grass comes to the fore, so detailed that it can be examined for more than one minute. Shishkin very carefully approaches the image of seemingly insignificant details.
In the distance, to the river breaking through the greenery, a trodden path leaves, which emphasizes a skillful perspective. The horizon is written in a strip of impenetrable forest, over which thunderclouds are gathering.
The picture "Before the storm" fully lives up to its name. It seems that everything around is breathing in stale air, that streams of water are about to flow from the sky, and thunder will rattle. Shishkin’s mastery, with which he conveys this fleeting atmosphere, impressed not only his contemporaries, but still makes viewers admire the masterpiece of the Russian landscape.
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