“A girl against the backdrop of a Persian carpet,” Mikhail Vrubel – overview of the painting

“A girl against the backdrop of a Persian carpet,” Mikhail Vrubel – overview of the painting
“A girl against the backdrop of a Persian carpet,” Mikhail Vrubel - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Mikhail Vrubel
  • Museum: Museum “Kiev Art Gallery”
  • Year: 1886

Overview of the painting :

The girl against the backdrop of the Persian carpet is Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel. Oil on canvas. 104.5 x 68.4 cm
   One of the early paintings, written by Mikhail Alexandrovich Wrubel in Kiev, where he was invited to work on paintings by the Kirill Church. Often visiting a pawnshop (Vrubel was well acquainted with its owner), the artist for a long time examined the jewelry and wonderful things stored there. Inspired by this beauty, the artist writes a portrait of his daughter Maria, depicting her in the image of an oriental beauty.

   A richly decorated room – expensive Persian carpets everywhere. Another, large and luxurious, heavy folds falls along the wall, covering part of the floor. The saturated dark cherry, plum, burgundy colors of the intricate pattern, diluted with bright details of blue and green, overflowing on a black background. Bending one leg, a thin teenage girl sits on it calmly.

   Thick curly hair with a dark chestnut blanket descends on the shoulders, framing the young face. She is incredibly good: gracefully curved tar eyebrows, a thin straight nose, beautifully blackened lips, dark skin gently shines in sunlight. But there are brown shadows around wonderful dark eyes. An expressive and sad look is not at all full of childish wisdom, doom, but in the depths of the eyes there is some unspoken question.

   Pearl beads flicker softly, in several rows accusing the children’s neck.

   The shoulders are stared, thin hands are crossed on their knees. Small fingers are decorated with massive golden rings. With her left hand she holds a dagger richly inlaid with silver and precious stones, and presses living cream roses with her right. There are two symbols in her hands that personify love and death. They are always there, and their presence fills the picture with a tragic premonition.

   The painter dresses the girl into bright oriental outfits – the ash-pink and gold colors of silk blouses mysteriously spill over, satin balls play with deep blue shades. A shawl wrapped around the waist, decorated with long silver fringe, sparkles with flashes of juicy raspberry, scarlet, red-orange paints.

   The artist puts a smear behind his smear, as if picking up pieces of oil in a mosaic, forcing the image to mysteriously spill over like a gem.

   The cold, strict color of the portrait, where the main colors are purple, blue and gold, creates a feeling of anxiety and hidden sadness, despite the poetic image of the girl and the surrounding oriental luxury.

   Modernists did not appreciate this picture, however, like the girl’s father, who refused to buy it. But very little time passed, and she took a worthy place among the masterpieces of Russian painting.