What the above painting shows? A road through a grassland, a distant church and nothing much.This is “Vladimirka” by Russian painter Issac Levitan.
Vladimirka is the way from Muskova (Moscow) to Vladimir since the middle ages and later became the part of the road to Siberia and that’s what makes it important and interesting.
Siberia, the Wild East of Russia, long stretches of grass, marsh and forest, extreme climates in both summer and winter.
So this is the road trodden by generations of fortune seekers, adventurers,convicts, exiled political prisoners who made the establishment unhappy, all who does not fit well into the mould of the prevalent social structure.
This is the road curved out in this wilderness by the feet of these misfits.
This painting is a hint to that history, where core subject is missing and needs to be felt through your knowledge of the past