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Before us is a rather bold decision of the artist to depict autumn in the forest, almost through a plexus of branches — there are no rivers, clouds, or rain (the usual signs of autumn) in the picture — they are only barely distinguishable, among the golden leaf fall, blackening tree trunks. The sun, obviously, has not risen not so long ago, in the picture, judging by the shadows and the animation of two forty on a forest path, it is already close to noon, but still - the first half of the day. A very rare landscape in gold tones.
Among the leaves you can see a few red ones, black and white “tailcoats” of forty are also visible, but the golden, sun-soaked glow of foliage prevails over the whole gamut. In some places there are islands of green grass still summer-like, between the branches and falling leaves you can see a dull blue sky - but it’s not mesmerizing on the canvas of Ostroukhov, but how he managed to convey the “dance”, the swirling flight of falling leaves.
The whole picture is filled with some kind of joyful movement and is a very “talkative" picture for the sophisticated viewer. "We are happy to spin!" - informs the rustling of leaves, "now we will fly away!" - cheerfully warn the lively magpies. The oak trunk in the background, which is covered with smaller trees, on the contrary, as if tells the viewer about the durability of the forest: “We will survive this autumn!”. And, in the end, the townspeople who looked even in the chill autumn in the museum will depart from this picture with a sense of joyful amazement. And with the desire to get out into the nature. Or, at least sit "In Abramtsevo Park", as the second famous autumn landscape of Ostroukhov is called.
The picture is full of miracles: you can rarely see in the landscape the image of a “rejoicing” early autumn forest. And this is all the more surprising because Ilya Semenovich Ostroukhov never studied professionally as an artist, he took only private painting lessons. And it is unfortunate that his landscapes are less well known than the canvases of Shishkin, Levitan or Polenov.
Shishkin Stream In The Forest Picture