Saturday, May 7, 2011

Pine Forest in Viatka - Ivan Shishkin

Иван Шишкин. Сосновый бор. Мачтовый лес в Вятской губернииIvan Shishkin - Pine Forest in Viatka  Province (1872).
Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Ivan Shishkin (1832-1898) composed a prolific number of oil on canvas paintings that depicted realistic impressions of forest scenes in Russia and parts of Europe, including Germany.  His paintings were all very natural and very similar, typically being composed with very large trees in natural groves, with very little human activity, if at all.   This painting depicts a scene from Viatka, which is now modern day Tatarstan in south western Russia. 

Olga's Gallery has a fantastic selection of Shishkin's work, that clearly shows his interest in trees and nature in fine detail.

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