“Eastern fairy tale”, Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel – overview of the painting

“Eastern fairy tale”, Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel – overview of the painting
"Eastern fairy tale", Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel - overview of the painting - 1

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

Overview of the painting :

Eastern fairy tale – Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel. Paper on cardboard, watercolor, white, varnish. 27 x 27 cm
   Mikhail Vrubel was very easy to relate to his sketches and sketches. This watercolor was torn by him after Emilia Prakhova refused to accept her as a gift. But a few days later, having received carefully glued and preserved pieces back, the artist restored the picture, so we can admire one of his best early works written in Kiev.

   At first glance, this is a motley mosaic canvas in which it is difficult to immediately recognize something. But it’s worth a closer look and it becomes clear how faces and figures come out of the stupor of the tent and the multi-colored colors. Only a few characters are written in detail by the master: he carefully looks at the young concubine of a formidable shah in a snow-white turban decorated with a heron feather. Ahead of his head, watching her with curiosity, sitting next to her. Theft is written on the face of a musician sitting on the left. But burns the jealous and angry look of one of the beauties of the harem, who turned to a stranger.

   Moonlight with blue gentle radiance envelops a beautiful girl, transfusing on heavy jewelry. A slightly inclined head, a thin, elegant figure in rich clothes is full of calm and inner dignity.

   Everything around breathes luxury – a magnificent patterned Persian rug lies on the floor, multi-colored steam fabrics hang from the ceiling. The fire in the high bowls brightly burns, illuminating everything around with warm light. The dark, almost black color of the walls, dissolving in the dark, emphasizes the brilliance of precious fabrics, the trepidation of amber glare with a low golden table.

   The unique technique of the master – small strokes that fit together like pieces of the mosaic, add up to one huge panel, and clear lines, strict boundaries of each fragment, give the image volume.

   Saturated paints of watercolors create the illusion of fabulous overflows of precious stones: velvety bright blue, juicy dusk-lil and purple, deep cherry and thick burgundy shades are harmoniously combined with living cream-beige, golden – yellow, snow-white and blue-green flowers.

   A wonderful, very lyrical work, filled with powerful, positive energy, it delights the wealth of the palette and gives a feeling of joy.