Apple Blossom and Girls under Apple Blossom form part of a triptych of devoted by the artist to this theme. The paintings have an eternal quality where time is suspended. The colours are harmonious and the paintings have a still peaceful air to them. These paintings shows a much loved corner of the countryside near R yazan. These works ar e personal visions of a landscape which Ivanov painted at every time of the year. Ivanov himself remarked "I agree with the famous claim by Levitan that it is possible to be a true landscape painter only in Russia! Indeed the Russian landscape is spiritual and it conveys what is truly important – ideas and feelings".
Oil on canvas
100 × 110 cm; 39½ × 43¼ in.