Chekhov’s World, In Pictures

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By Max Larkin

In his stories Chekhov captured, with an almost photographic talent and simplicity, the look of a country at the end of the day. But he died five years before Sergei Prokhudin-Gorkii took his prototype color film camera around Russia. He must have learned to see from the painters around him — his closest friend Isaac Levitan and his brother Nikolai. Below, a view into that beautiful old Russia, with Levitan’s portrait of a young Chekhov, a view of his desk at Melikhovo, and a few of Prokhudin-Gorkii’s most Chekhovian subjects.

When I listen to “About Love” from our series, I think of Chekhov’s lonely heroes and heroines who thought of the people a hundred years later whom, they hoped, would contemplate their lives with love and forgiveness.

  • Levitan portrait of Chekhov
  • Levitan The Silent Monastery
  • Self-portrait by river photo
  • Peasants in field photo
  • Chekhov friends and family
  • Chekhov’s desk
  • The White Dacha
  • Ferryman photo