Princess Groza, Mikhail Alexandrovich Wrubel – overview of the painting
- Posted by Mikhail Vrubel
- Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
- Year: 1896
Overview of the painting :
Princess Groza – Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel. Oil on canvas. 750 x 1400 cm
Poetry and theater have always been sources of inspiration for painters. Strong emotions are more pronounced on the stage, the inner world and the nature of people are better visible.
Impressed by Edmond Rostan’s play Princess Greza, which tells about romantic and tragic love, Mikhail Wrubel writes this picture. Trubadur Zhofrey Rüdel, hearing about the beautiful Princess Melisende, falls in love with her and goes to her on the ship, taking with him a faithful friend of Bertrand. But on the way he is overtaken by a serious illness. Understanding that he may not wait for a meeting with his beloved, he takes out a lute and sings about his beloved, and dreams to him that she is next to him.
Dawn. Slowly melts the light ash-pink haze, opening the azure sky, golden solar flasks play in the tower. A fresh wind fills the sails of the ship.
The dying prince lies on a deck covered with a cloak. Dark brown hair framed the seedy face with a wave. Long thin fingers quietly sort through the strings of lute, a quiet song sounds in silence. A sad look is turned to the sky, a beautiful maiden who bends over him is a young man.
Dealing on the side of the sailboat, she fascinatedly listens to music. Big blue eyes on a lovely pale face with tenderness and anxiety peer into the Rudel. The first rays of the sun with golden glare lie on thick chestnut hair decorated with white lilium wreaths.
Light, weightless attire of smoky-silac, azure-blue, silver-pink shades soars in the air, emphasizing the beautiful line of the neck and shoulders. Gems on the gold finish flicker in a faint of turquoise. Another snow-white lily, a symbol of purity and innocence, is holding it in its hands.
The only bright spot in the picture is the knight Bertrand. He stands confidently and calmly at the mast, relying on a long sword. The look of strict thoughtful eyes is turned into itself. Like flames tremble in the wind bright orange and scarlet tunic colors. Cold ice-blue sparks play on steel armor.
The duality of the image inherent in the work of the master: Melisenda, personifying perfect, sublime love, and true love, earthly, whose embodiment Bertrand became.
You do not immediately notice the sailors who are silently standing along the side. The artist paints them with calm reddish brown and gray-beige flowers, so their figures almost merge with the wooden hull of the vessel.
The song will end, the princess will melt, and only the cherished dream of a pipe will remain. The sun rises, the ship hurries to the shore, and only hope supports the young man, filling with the expectation of a close meeting, and even faith, promising happiness in another, unearthly life. And again, life offers a difficult choice between heavenly, spiritual love, or living, rational.
Written to the opening of the Nizhny Novgorod exhibition, the canvas caused many negative reviews, but after a few years, embodied in ceramics, it decorated the facade of the Metropol Hotel.