Evening after the rain - Isaac Ilyich Levitan. Canvas, oil.
The urban landscape, the soulfulness and poetry of which does not in any way interfere with the urban component, was painted in 1879. Isaac Levitan was then only 19 years old.
The evening plot was very close to the beginning painter - he still remembered very well the time when he and his brother simply had no where to live. If it was not possible to hide from the watchman and stay overnight at the school, the young men had no choice but to go outside and wander around the city all night, waiting for the start of classes.
It was during such forced walks that Levitan noticed a lot of things and noted for himself. So in this picture we see an empty platform, the cobblestones of which shine from the recent rain and the flashes of the setting sun. Peace and quiet. Only a barely audible metallic clatter of train wheels accompanies this calm urban landscape.
The sky is written wonderfully subtly and precisely - smooth overflows from blue and white to yellow and almost red show not only the time of year, day, but also the momentary natural state. Rain is about to end, as evidenced by the wet shiny paths with an apron, and heavy rain clouds floating low above the ground.
How many of these same stations, platforms and rains have each had in their lives, but only in Levitan did this plot receive such poetic and even philosophical implementation. Here it is the power of art in its most tactile manifestation!