Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Life Among the Trees
Ippolit became attracted to living things, instead of the inanimate wall. He began talking to his best friend Kolya about other people's lives. He became greatly interested in how people used the life they were given. He states, "I clutched at life, I wanted to live." He tried to grasp how people could be unhappy while they still had life. He describes Surikov, a widowed man that lives in poverty whose baby daughter froze to death. Even in his unfortunate condition, Surikov still has life: "If he's alive he has everything in his power. Whose fault is it if he doesn't understand that?" Ippolit is almost envious of his condition because he still has the ability live.
The above painting is Landscape with a Goatherd and Goats (1636-7) by Claude Lorrain.