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Unformatted text preview: houses in the background are submerged and are the only actual evidence that the subject matter is a dangerous natural phenomenon. Everything else could be called simply a &quot;river landscape.&quot; The colors are bright and warm. Yellows and ochres, browns with a contrasting dull blues make it a great combination, very pleasing to the eye. It seems that Levitan is much more concerned with the aftermath of the flood than with the actual event. The white trunks of the birch trees, so characteristic of the Russian landscape, together with the blue water and the gray sky help the painter break the monotony of the other colors. In the background, a green grass field serves, once again, as an element of hope and renewal....
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- Fall '10