The following interview appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of the California Art Club Newsletter and is published here in its entirety with the permission of the California Art Club, californiaartclub.org.
The Artist As Critic: Art That Inspires
An Interview with Joseph Paquet
Isaak Levitan (1860 – 1900), Evening on the Volga, Oil on linen 19.5 x 31.6, Collection of Tretyakov Gallery, Moskow, Russia
Miriam Nöske (MN): Why did you choose “Evening on the Volga” by Isaak Levitan?
Joseph Paquet (JP): When I was a young man I visited an exhibition on Russian painting and iconography at the Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., and saw Evening on the Volga by Isaak Levitan. I was immediately struck by its power and lack of forced drama; in fact it was quite the opposite. Levitan depicted nature in an exquisite tonality with a poetic sensibility what he saw, translating nature’s beauty in a pure and authentic way effectively getting my attention with a whisper.
MN: What interests you most about this early painting in regards to composition and techniques?
Article reprinted by permission from The Villager Aug 6th, 2008