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Levitan wrote his famous "Vladimirka" in 1892. This picture is distinguished by the expressive depth of semantic content and a special poetic sadness. Today she is called one of the best landscape paintings of this painter, but immediately after her writing, the critic recognized the work as boring and nondescript and did not attach much importance.
With this work, the painter immortalized the memory of convicts who, until 1890, were sent to Siberia for hard labor on this road. Before us is a rather gloomy landscape: the end of summer, an almost bare steppe, a road leading into the distance, Freeing up its place, a forest lies ahead. A low overhanging gloomy sky with running shards of clouds evokes longing and sad memories. The road stretched endlessly, running over the horizon ...
The legendary Levitanova “Vladimirka” attracts the viewer with rich historical content and tragic notes of poetry. And in terms of the picturesque picture is very interesting. Indeed, it harmoniously combines the sophistication of the drawing with a variety of colorful shades: from pale grayish, depicting the sky, to greenish - earthy, reflecting the steppe. The alarming mood of the cloudy sky, menacingly hanging over the winding ribbon of the steppe road, is also masterfully conveyed. The monotonous dull landscape is enlivened a bit by a bright spot depicting the church, which is written in front and the dark figure of a woman. She stands near the roadside cross in mute expectation. Many roads saw this road, causing bitter feelings of hopelessness and longing ...
The entire canvas is saturated with the author’s selfless love for his Motherland, his sincere compassion and participation in someone else’s grief, for poor convicts, for mothers, sisters and wives, patiently waiting for them near the road. This painting was presented by the artist to the Tretyakov Gallery.