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This is a work of the famous Russian painter, Isaac Ilyich Levitan - nothing more than a simple pastel sketch from a series of etudes of the artist. But how, however, it strikes us with naturalness, dynamism, and, most importantly, the completeness of this picture! The composition of the picture is very successful, a small strip of earth separating the two raging elements - water and heaven.
The sky occupies as much as two-thirds of the sheet, so the whole emphasis is on it, on its dynamics and scale. The expanse of water is restless and pockmarked, large thunderclouds bent low above the ground; they are slightly pounded, which creates the illusion of movement: clouds, as if at an incredible speed, are driven by a strong gusty wind.
In some places you can notice the sun's glare: a yellowish land, the front of the cloud, this dilutes the landscape, gives it vivacity, a sense of variability, that this is happening at this particular second. Somewhere a blue and clear sky is visible, but the clouds are so dense that a storm seems inevitable. The whole picture is riddled with anxiety, a sensation of an approaching storm.
Heavy rain is about to rain! The ripples of water are very naturally transmitted, and the sky is very accurately reflected in it. In the left corner of the picture you can see a small, lonely willow twig - it sways, struggling to resist the onslaught of the wind. The colors of the painting emphasize its drama, giving depth.
Saturated blue, bluish tones of water, heaven, dark green, almost black forest in the distance, and light gray, blocking sunlight, thunderclouds. All this creates a very emotional and expressive appearance in a simple outline of Levitan and shows his amazing skill in the ability to catch and convey the changing state of nature!
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