This picture is currently posted in the Tretyakov Gallery. For its writing, the stage image of the heroine of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera “The Tale of Tsar Saltan” was used, set to the plot of Pushkin’s tale of the same name. Vrubel performed for the premiere of the opera of 1900 sketches for decoration and costumes, and the artist’s wife sang the part of the Princess Swans.
Brilliant Russian landscape painter. How photographically accurately reflected landscape! The picture amazes us with its vastness, a huge, wide lake, a calm surface, in which, like a mirror, small islands, steep sandy banks, heaven with large fluffy cumulus clouds driven by fresh winds are reflected.
Savrasov is true to himself. Who would have thought that in Sokolniki, in this mud, someday high-rise buildings and paved roads would rise? Here we have before us Sokolniki, who were once. And that same Elk Island, in which moose still live, and not as it is now, is one name, and here the painter did not use to play with the light.
Painted in 1867, the picture demonstrates the everyday urban scene of tsarist times: a drowned girl caught from the river, and a city girl, guarding her dead body. A middle-aged man smokes a pipe and seems immersed in his own thoughts, completely indifferent to what happened to the girl. However, there is something in this picture that takes it beyond the strictly domestic genre.
The year of creation of the picture is 1893. At first it was called simply “People in a Cafe”. We see a pretty drunk woman and definitely a sober man who settled down at a table. This is a friend of Degas and a popular actress. She was always elegant. But we see an absolutely simple woman. Right in front of her is a glass in which absinthe is poured.
In the famous landscape painting of I. Levitan, his painting "River in the Forest" occupies its modest place. The place of the painting in Levitan’s work is modest only in comparison with the rest of the artist’s masterpieces. But in general, "River in the Forest" fully creates the famous Levitan "landscape mood", conveying the "poetry of the forest."