November 18, 2018

A Dank Levitan!

From a small shtetl in the middle of Lithuania to the Moscow Art Academy and Tsar Alexander’s magnificent exhibition halls, Isaac Levitan’s story might seem just like any other rags-to-riches tale, but it is far more than that. Known as the modern founder, at least between art historians, of emotional landscaping, Levitan took the trade to the next level. His painting encapsulates the beauty of nature, as well as its inherent connection to the human soul.

Not just another romantic Jewish artist, Levitan used his brush to paint angelic scenery, not only to achieve beautiful aesthetics, but rather to depict mood and emotion. The best example of this can be seen in his painting “Water Lilies” which does seem to soothe and relax one’s heart, if not for at least a moment.