Picture “Cover-plane”, V. Vasnetsov, 1880
- Author: Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov
- Museum: Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum
- Year: 1880
Overview of the painting :
Ship-plane – Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov. 1880. Oil on canvas. 165 x 297 cm
A carpet is the dream of any child. This fabulous subject contains the eternal desire of man to fly. In the picture of Vasnetsov, this magical object resembles a giant bird that spread its wings over endless expanses.
On the carpet Ivan the goddess with his prey – a cage with a Firebird. The hero confidently holds on the flying gift of Baba Yaga, tightly clenches the cage in his hands. He is calm and focused, ready for new trials and difficult tasks. Three owls accompany the flight – probably the messengers of Baba Yaga, the mistress of the carpet-plane. They indicate the path, or maybe they look after the gift.
Unlike the hero on the carpet, the landscape in the picture is lifeless and dull: a lazily flowing river, dark green banks, rare trees. Thus, the artist contrasts the real world (ordinary, devoid of attractiveness and diversity) and the world is fabulous (multi-colored, bright, energetic).
The carpet-plane with the hero is depicted against the background of a white cloud sky, which emphasizes the brightness and multi-flower of both the carpet itself and the clothes of the hero, and most importantly – the heat of the bird, shining like the sun itself.