Oak Grove - Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin. 125x193
The picture Oak Grove depicts a bright sunny day in an oak forest. Carefully drawn details bring the picture so close to naturalness that sometimes you forget that this forest is painted in oil and you cannot enter it.
Naughty sunny spots on the grass, illuminated crowns and trunks of centuries-old oaks seem to radiate warmth, evoking in the soul memories of a cheerful summer. Despite the fact that the oaks shown in the picture already got shriveled branches, their trunks bent, and the bark peeled off in some places, their crowns are still green and lush. And you involuntarily think that these oaks will be able to stand for more than one hundred years.
It is noteworthy that Shishkin’s path from the idea of writing Oak Grove to the first brush strokes in the landscape was three decades! It took so much time for the artist to form a vision of this monumental canvas, and this time was not wasted in vain. A picture of an oak grove is often called the best work of a brilliant artist.