Unformatted text preview: autumn cold wind has arrived. In the summer the bench would have been the perfect, shady place to rest. Isaac Levitan’s Autumn Day: Sokolniki might have been an inspiration for Marie, although in Levitan’s work there is a prominent female figure walking towards the viewer and the small bench just off the road is upright and in place, telling a much different story. “What Chekhov most admired in Levitan’s art (and Levitan in Chekhov’s) was its spiritual response to the natural world” (Figes, 406). Obviously, the same statement could easily be made about Marie’s Autumn. In May 1884 Marie wrote in her journal: “What is the use of lying or pretending? Yes, it is clear that I have the desire, if not the hope, of staying on this earth by whatever means possible. If I don’t die young, I hope to become a great artist. If I do, I want my journal to be published” (Kernberger, 1). One can only imagine how much she might have accomplished if she had lived longer...
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- Fall '10
- Autumn, small bench, Isaac Levitan, little details…a sidewalk, autumn cold wind