A significant place among the paintings of Isaak Ilyich Levitan is occupied by landscapes with depicted churches. In these works he found peace and humility. One of these paintings is “Evening ringing.” Created by its author after visiting the monastery on the Volga and near Zvenigorod.
He showed us the state of mind when you look at the monastery in the rays of the setting sun and hear a bell ringing. The last rays of the sun even more strongly want to illuminate the domes of church buildings, that they simply drown in this radiance. Even the trees near the buildings were transformed into a different color. The sky also shines with the last sunlight leaving shadows only from small clouds.
A small calm river washes the banks of the monastery. A boat with parishioners floats quietly along it. People are rushing to evening service. The ringing of the bell had already begun to call everyone. A few more boats are standing near the opposite shore. Apparently, this
is for latecomers.
In this canvas the author showed all his talents in the best possible manner. How accurately and beautifully he passed every tree, bush, blade of grass. How beautiful in this kind the monastery itself fits. They are like one whole with nature. Without him, the picture had no integrity. And how he showed the state of his soul. Joy and tranquility are personified in the sunlight, which simply floods the whole picture. And the melodious evening ringing of bells and sounds in your ears every time you look at this canvas.
Painting by Makovsky “Rendezvous” Many works by VE Makovsky demonstrate his interest in the “little man”. He reminded the viewer of human injustice, of “humiliated and insulted.” Being sympathetic to the life of the working people, to their needs and experiences, the artist was especially sensitive to the children and the women’s share. As a sad song about the life of a child, separated from the family, the picture of “Rendezvous” written in 1883 sounds about the fate of a peasant mother. Mother came to meet with her son,
“given to people.” Tired of heavy, unbearable labor, from constant adversities, she came from far away, just to look at her child. Unhurriedly took her city. And here, at the son, she is stranger and lonely. She and siditto somehow corner, uncertain, afraid to disturb or anger the owners.
The boy was pale, ragged, disheveled, for a moment torn from his daily duties like a hungry animal, he threw himself on a loaf – a gift from his mother. And she looks at her son greedily, her mother’s warmth, anxiety, melancholy, love, sorrow in her eyes. The subdued range of gray, brown tones corresponds to a bleak scene. This small picture involuntarily awakens the thought, excites the heart. It is imbued with deep sympathy for the urban poor and echoes the story of the Chekhov story “Vanka”. In the picture with the same strength, sound deep sympathy for the mother, and sympathy for the fate of the child, who is doomed to drink the bitter share of the apprentice.