Mikhail Vrubel. Demon (Seated). Art print on canvas
Vrubel’s main picture is Demon.
The demon is a symbolical image. It personifies huge forces of human spirit, his internal strife, may be with itself, with evil, doubts, by disbelief … the Demon raises above mountains on a background blinking sunset. He is surrounded by unprecedented colours - chips. The arms are tragically spanned, the view of a huge eye on a juvenile face … the Artist demonstrates us loneliness, hopelessness of the man, whose force does not find to themselves applyings. He considerably retreats from the literary prototype in the treatment of an image of a Demon (M. Y. Lermontov), loosing moods of revolt, proudness, contempt to the world and selecting a lyrical beginning of an image: as for him a Demon - “ spirit suffering, but not angry”
The demon sitting opens the Moscow most known period of creativity Vrubel, being the total of creative looking ups of the artist in previous years, which one he was in Kiev, where, in particular, studied the ancient mosaics of a cathedral of Sant Sofia. In the Kiev period the personal style Vrubel was formed, the key feature assimilates which one - creation of effect of a scintillation of crystalline edges of the form that compares the pictures of the artist with mosaics.
Vrubel’s method is not so much direct supervision and transfer of a visible nature, how many method of theoretical submission, imagination, which one uses the visible forms to create from them unexpected, strange combinations, creating the extremely changed world. The subjects of his works is, as a rule, “eternal” plots and images which came not directly from life, and from art.
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Agni Publishing House (Samara, Russia), Nicholas Roerich Museum (New York) and Fine Arts Academy Gallery (Moscow, Russia) have published a unique album, dedicated to the pictorial heritage of Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947).
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