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

Path in a Forest


lvan Shishkin often employed the motif of a road or path in a forest. As in so many other of his landscapes, the woods do not stifle or suppress man. While austere and majestic, they are not inaccessible. The sunlight falling on the path and the figures of the people introduces an upbeat note. Shishkin paints a work that can be viewed both as a whole and in its numerous details. The two pine trunks in the foreground balance the right and left sections of the landscape. The clear contours and balanced masses contribute to the sense of stability. The colour scheme is natural and harmonious.

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