The composition of Levitan’s painting “Autumn Hunter”

The composition of Levitan’s painting “Autumn Hunter”

Levitan Isaak Ilyich is one of the most famous and talented landscape painters of Russia, who showed the people the true beauty of nature. He surpassed not only his companions, but also left behind the teachers who gave him lessons of skill. Each of his works is not an easy picture, it’s a whole story. You look, and you want to learn everything from the very beginning to the end. Such a feeling is caused by each of his canvases and painted in 1880, the painting “Autumn, Hunter”, is not the exception.

At first glance it may seem that there is nothing special in the picture. A gray sky overcast. Already completely naked and dark trees. And only green, slightly covered with fallen leaves grass gives the painting a little color. But the little dark figure of the hunter

and his faithful friend-dog, awakened in the center of the picture, awaken in my soul a storm of emotions. According to the depicted trees and used flowers, it is clear that autumn has long since come into its own.

Even it seems that on the grass there are several snow-covered places that did not melt away from the first snow. Everyone knows that it was at this time very vulnerable and animals. They are also preparing to meet with the winter and are now becoming more visible to hunters. The dog runs ahead of the master and tries to catch the trace of some beast. The hunter slowly follows his faithful friend to be ready, if some kind of game pops up somewhere. It practically dissolves in the density of the forest, against the background of dark trees.

The picture makes me sad and pity. I do not like hunting, and I do not like being killed by poor animals because of some kind of hobby. Perhaps, the author also did not like this, so the picture is painted with dull colors. But even on this, quite dull canvas, one can see how much Levitan was a talented artist. How exactly he painted every tree, twig, leaf, blade of grass. How everything is perfect and thorough. Just watching and admiring.


The composition of Levitan’s painting “Autumn Hunter”