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theartsdesk in Moscow: Isaac Levitan at the Tretyakov Gallery

theartsdesk in Moscow: Isaac Levitan at the Tretyakov Gallery

Chekhov's great friend is celebrated on his 150th anniversary

Isaac Levitan's 'Golden Autumn': 'The understated beauty of provincial Russia'All images © Tretyakov Gallery Moscow

The Tretyakov Gallery is currently housing a landmark exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary of Isaac Levitan. His glorious “mood landscapes” catch the understated beauty of provincial Russia, with an often gloomy philosophical perspective behind them, as he considers man’s insignificant place in time and history. But the show reveals lesser-known sides to his work too, and reminds us again that his close friendship with Chekhov was a remarkable artistic-literary alliance.

Levitan to Diaghilev: "You probably think that my future landscapes will be soaked in pessimism. Don’t worry, I love nature too much"

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