Portrait of L. N. Tolstoy by Mikhail Nesterov

Portrait of L. N. Tolstoy by Mikhail Nesterov

The first of the people “on the brightness of the Christian understanding remarkable” for Nesterov, as for many at that time, was Tolstoy. The artist chose the Yasnaya Polyana pond, spruces planted on its bank by Tolstoy, and the village as a background.

This is not a manor, but it is the rustic nature of the landscape that emphasizes the beginning of the Tolstoyan worldview.

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