Isaac Levitan

1860-1900 Russia/Peredvizhniki-Landscapes

 

Brief Biography-Isaac Levitan was born in what was part of Poland and is now Lithuania in 1860. When he was thirteen, he entered the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, where his brother studied. His two parents died by 1877, leaving him destitute. However, the school allowed him to stay on with a small stipend because of his poverty. From this time on, his work began to receive attention at exhibitions by the school. He gained the patronage of the wealthy art collector Pavel Tretyakov and, in 1891, befriended the Society for Travelling Art Exhibitions, known as the Peredvizhniki. He painted mainly countryside landscapes. In 1897, the Russian Academy of Arts elected him, and he became head of the Landscape Studio a year later. Levitan was a close friend and collaborator with the painter Nikolai Chekhov, brother of the playwright Anton Chekhov, for most of his life. He died in 1900. He is considered one of the most distinguished landscape artists of Russia.

 

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Birch Forest

Birch Forest

Autumn

 Autumn

By the Mill Pond

By the Mill Pond

The Lake

The Lake

Church in Plyos

 Church in Plyos

Dawn

Dawn

Evening Church Bells

Evening Church Bells

Volga Motorway

 Vladimirka (Now Volga Motorway)

The Golden Pool

Evening the Golden Pool

Golden Autumn

Golden Autumn

After the Rain

After the Rain

Water lilies

Water lilies

March

March

Moon

Moon

Eternal Tranquility

Over Eternal Tranquility

Autumn Landscape

Autumn Landscape

Spring High water

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Silence

Silence

Sunny Day

Sunny Day

The Watermill

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