Russia's Greatest Painter of Nature Ever (Ivan Shishkin, 1832-1898)

by Liza Ivanov (Russian art for the seeking soul)

Tretyakov, the greatest Russian art collector of all time, had one criterion for art. He wrote:

“I do not need any rich nature, no great composition, no spectacular lighting, no miracles, give me even just a puddle of mud, but let there be truth in it, poetry …”

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