Odysseus and Navzikaya, Serov, 1910

Odysseus and Navzikaya, Serov, 1910
Odysseus and Navzikaya, Serov, 1910 - 1

  • Posted by Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1910

Overview of the painting :

Odysseus and Navzikaya – Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov. 1910. Cardboard, gouache. 83.5×101.5
   Pride rides Navzikaya on a wagon drawn by mules. Faithful servants follow her, the procession of the weary and thoughtful king of Ithaki closes. Everything in the picture speaks of a certain decline, fatigue, sadness. Mules instead of horses, Navzikaya instead of a hero, a maid instead of warriors, a deserted coast of the sea instead of enthusiastic crowds of citizens.

   The sky occupies two thirds of the work. The intricate clouds accept the appearance of the Olympic gods and heroes. With irony they observe what is happening.

   Dull and subjugated tired of wandering Odysseus. In doomedly he goes towards the next test. The princess alone is proud and solemn. She controls her mules like horses.

   The author chooses a deliberately pale colorful range. Discoloration of what is happening, depriving it of temperament and energy. The prevailing white color reaches its peak in the clouds. The blue color in the work emphasizes lifelessness, the decorativeness of the plot. The time of the gods and heroes has ended. The time has come for imitations and reconstructions.