1832, Yelabuga (Vyatka Gubernia) -1898, St Petersburg

Goutweed. Pargolovo

Study. 1884 (1885?)

Ivan Shishkin attached great importance to an intent study of nature. Ivan Kramskoi appreciated his close attention to detail and confident style: “When he stands before nature … he is exactly in his element. He is audacious, artful and does not hesitate.” The master’s fundamental principle was no approximation in the representation of nature. This particular study demonstrates the landscapist’s ability to depict life with almost photographic precision, revealing the beauty of the everyday and seemingly unremarkable. Depicting a small corner of nature, Shishkin creates a minor masterpiece.

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