Isaac Levitan - Golden Autumn
The work of leading Russian landscape painter Isaac Levitan (1860-1900) is displayed in room 54. Continuing the traditions of the realistic school of landscapists, his art reached another milestone in Russian painting. His Golden Autumn is typical of his works as a whole. His fellow-artist Mikhail Nesterov aptly defined the gist of his approach to nature when he said: “Levitan has revealed the enormous beauty concealed in every Russian landscape, its soul and loveliness.”
One of the most important of modern Russian landscape painters is Isaac Ilich Levitan (1861-1900), against whom there is only reproa onech to be made ; that too often he closed his eyes to the gladness and glory of the world, selecting in preference the sternest and most melancholy aspects of Finno-Russian scenery; grey days, quiet autumnal moods, pale crepuscular effects, rain-washed skies — all seen with a deeply; poetic vision, and painted with a breadth and boldness that aroused the hostile criticism of old- fashioned critics who spoke of his pictures as " unfinished sketches," or accused them of being pasty.
The Russian Arts. Rosa Newmarch, 1917