Arts Everyday Living: Inside Russian Art-A Walk in the Forest, Prince Andrei’s Tree

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…Neither gnarled fingers nor old scars nor old doubts and sorrows were any of them in evidence.  Through the hard century-old bark, even where there were no twigs, leaves had sprouted such as one could hardly believe the old veteran could have produced….

“Yes it is the same old oak,” thought Prince Andrei, and all at one he was seized by the unreasoning springtime feeling of joy and renewal…

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace


Issac Levitan, The Oak, 1880, oil on canvas, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Russian painter Issac Levitan (1860-1900) has been celebrated for his moving landscapes, expressing the changing moods of the environment, particularly during the day’s most dramatic times of sunrise and sunset.  He often traveled into the  countryside outside Moscow, where he captured on canvas The Oak above.

Leo Tolstoy was mourned both by Russia and the world when he died at 82 in 1910, not only for his literary masterpieces such as Anna Karenina and War and Peace, but his contributions to religious and philosophical thought. Prince Andrei was a pivotal character in the latter novel.

 The above image is used solely for educational purposes.

Walk through the fields and meadows of Monet in Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively.

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