Have you ever been in a forest when fog completely conquered it? Or then, when he slowly enveloped the forest with his steam - so thick and so alive - that it became scary. What if there is someone inside the fog? What if this someone is some kind of forest animal? This feeling of fear always possesses a person while the fog is around. After all, the sounds in the fog become dull and if it is thick, then you just don’t remember where to go and you will come across something unpleasant with probable accuracy.
The fog, which the talented landscape painter Shishkin portrayed on his canvas, is certainly not dense, even the sun penetrates through it. But the mystery of this natural phenomenon nevertheless has not dried up.
Look, we can clearly see only what is in the foreground, and what is behind is in a shaky fog. And even the shadows from the trees are somehow not clear, smoky or something ... But the artist actually shows us a rare forest, not dense. In a dense forest, the sun would hardly have been able to break through the foliage, but here he did it.
The master took everything into account in his canvas. Spruces and pines are well traced, broken branches in the foreground, hemp. And by the way, more and more often you are convinced that the artist has his favorite time of the year - autumn. Because even now, it seems that the action takes place in the fall. The grass is not so much green, and the sun warms up not so hot. That is why the fog does not evaporate, but rather intensifies a little, that is, it copes with the luminary. And it is thanks to the sunlight that the artist shows us the condition of two trees, relatively young. One has already lost its foliage and is ready to meet the cold, and the second opposite has darkened - it’s a pine, and, as you know, it doesn’t lose its needles. That's why its shadow is thicker, and the shadow of the tree is barely noticeable. And also, as a rule, spruce and pine trees grow together, side by side, because it is so easy for them to grow in the forest. And then the tree is one, and not too weak, according to the pines.
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