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Savrasov loved the Volga, its landscapes. With every free opportunity, he tried to transfer all this beauty to the canvas. One of the largest paintings, which was dedicated to the Volga landscapes, is the “Pechersky Monastery near Nizhny Novgorod”. Today's art historians unanimously reiterate that this painting is a harbinger of landscapes dedicated to the Volga by Levitan.
Peering into the picture, we see an opened view of a small town, most likely provincial. A water surface spreads before it. There are many white clouds in the sky, trees are swaying from the wind. In the distance you can see the roofs of houses. A white monastery is visible on the horizon. Having played at the game of colors - in the distance the sky is much brighter, the artist managed to distinguish the construction of the monastery, which is painted with light beige colors. The history of this monastery dates back to the 14th century. Known for the fact that it houses the miraculous Kiev icon of the Mother of God, as well as a collection of rare manuscripts, old printed books, ancient monastery acts. The monastery was moved to the place where Savrasov depicts it, in 1595 from the years that slipped into the Volga. In its original place, the Pechersky Monastery stood since the beginning of the 14th century.
Initially, the first version of the already famous painting was completed by P. M. Tretyakov. Further, Savrasov himself finished it. In 1871 he completed this version of the painting. Here, the author managed to show his keen interest in ancient Russian architecture, as well as how he understood the picturesque beauty of nature.
Levitan Silent Abode