Sunday, September 10, 2006

Isaac Levitan




there is good and then there is good. Levitan's work isn't flashy, just truthful and honest. years ago there was a show of famous Russian paintings at LACMA. Levitan's painting's were more like windows with frames around them. it was like you were standing in front of the actual scene. i would start to walk away to look at another painting and have to come back, his pieces were that amazing.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Rob,

When I look at these images you posted of Levitan's work a question comes immediately to mind, "Why are these paintings so interesting to look at verse if they were just photographs?" If these were photos they'd be just another snap shot of an obscure location. But what I find intriguing is that because they're painted they seem "heightened" or more fantastic. Do you know why this is? Is it because your mind is more attracted to the illusion than the reality?

Thanks so much for sharing your work and thoughts. Truly inspiring.

-greg

10:44 AM  
Blogger robh said...

keep in mind that you're looking at a reproduction several generations removed from the original. it's the real paintings that have that amazing quality i was talking about.
Robh

4:04 PM  
Blogger Edco said...

I think these are wonderful examples of using the least amount of detail to convey the most amount of realism, which I think is what gives it that "magic" quality. Not unlike movie matte paintings in their heydey of the 70's and 80's. If you are ever lucky enough to see an original, they are suprisingly imperfect, not at all what you expect.

Levitan's work feels like he captures the idea of a scene rather than the reproduction of it :-)

4:12 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

I have a book on him, but I bet it dosen't hold a candle to the originals.

8:20 PM  

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