Saturday, October 8, 2016

Full of Emotion

An 11x14 pastel of an early morning view from the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine.

In my continuing pursuit of Isaac Levitan, I think I can appreciate his response to nature.  Levitan had a difficult life of only forty years.  His parents died while he was still a teenager.  He lived in severe poverty until he was in his late twenties.  He suffered from bad health in his adult years.  Twice he was expelled from Moscow, along with others, for being a Jew.  He was a melancholic, often depressed, even to the point of attempting suicide a couple times.  His view of nature was not unexpectedly full of emotion.  In nature he found some consolation because he could paint masterful landscapes to express his emotions.

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