Like many professional artists, before writing a picture, Isaac Levitan performed etudes. Among the master’s works, many etudes and sketches for the painting “Forest Lake” have been preserved. In this work, the artist managed to convey the extraordinary beauty of Russian nature.
The beauty and depth of the image of a lake in the forest seems to dissolve the foreground, the picture becomes three-dimensional and all plans are perceived as a single whole. In the center of the composition there is a majestic forest lake, which reflects the tops of the trees that surrounded it with a dense ring. The evening sun paints the pines on the shore in yellow, and Levitan’s use of quite dark tones in the work only adds to the image of transparency and mystery.
In the left part of the picture, the artist depicted a sandy beach, turning into thick grass, showing the coastal outlines of the lake. The remaining shores of the lake are different: either flat, then rising high above the surface of the water. Pines surrounding the lake from all sides become a kind of background for the image of a massive water column.
Of course, the main character of the painting is the forest lake, the artist draws the attention of the viewer to him. The great realism of the image of the water and the surrounding forest shows both the author’s love for the beauties of Russian nature, and his skill as a landscape painter.