A Day in June was created by classical Russian landscape painter Isaac Levitan who had become the synonym for Russian landscape paintings. A Day in June which is a sort of detailed impressionism was painted in 1895. Though this work shows signs of Impressionism, Levitan chose generally muted palette to make his paintings more naturalistic and poetic.
Such as title, this painting depicts a sunny day in June in Russian countryside where Levitan always painted and took inspiration from.
Levitan employed vivid color and detail to make the painting like the real scene. The dense and green forest seperate the secular vanity and hustle and bustle of the city from this place, creating an atmosphere of quiet and peace, making the quiet and beautiful land of idyllic beauty presented in front of us. Only a white cloud can be seen in the sky, leaving miles of blue sky illuminating the land, the forest and grass. The sun doesn’t make its appreance, but we can see the golden sunset spread around in the forest and grass, plating a layer of golden light for the scenery. On the left side, the reeds sway and rustle amidst breeze while on the right side, the grass are decorated with flowers of various bright colors, making this place bustled with vigor and vitality.
This painting reveals the painter’s deep emotion for the countryside style lyric scenery and his longing for quiet simplicity. He spiritualized the nature as a carrier to convey this thoughts and feelings.