Composition based on Levitan’s painting “After the Rain.”

I. I. Levitan painted the painting “After the Rain., Ples” in 1889. On it he depicted his impressions of the Volga, which were collected when he was on this great river.

This work is very significant in his work.

On this canvas one can see the daily life of the Volga. A lot of space is occupied by the image of the shore – plain, rare bushes, urban buildings on the outskirts.

Apparently the rain has just ended and left puddles, humidity is felt in the air. Through this cold, dull weather, there is a feeling that soon there will be heat, thanks to the grayish clouds through which the rays of the sun try to break through and touch the earth. And the coast strewn with stones, and still not dried roofs of houses and bushes – all this illuminates the iridescent light.

On the left side of the canvas there is a river, on it there is a berth and barges. It involves the work of people who live in the city – these are loaders, fishermen. Not far from the coast are located their poor houses. In the distance, on a hill, a white church with blue domes can be seen. Thanks to her graceful silhouette, the work looks more elegant. Levitan expresses in this work thoughts that the spiritual world of people and ships, the river, the wharf are interconnected. The center of the canvas is occupied by three masts of small ships, like three church domes.

This work is distinguished by the luxury of the means used, thanks to which the creator was able to show the natural freshness after the last rainfall, and how churches, barges on the river covered with ripples, dwellings, people themselves harmoniously live with it.

In this picture Levitan before us appeared as a talented artist, and as a person with a big heart. He seemed to have written a lyrical story about the inhabitants of the country, depicting a small town on the Volga coast, steamships, barges, homely little houses and a church.

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Composition based on Levitan’s painting “After the Rain.”