Self portrait with pearl sink, M. AND. Wrubel, 1905
- Posted by Mikhail Vrubel
- Museum: Russian Museum
- Year: 1905
Overview of the painting :
Self-portrait with pearl sink – Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel. 1905. Paper on cardboard, coal. 58.2x5Z
The work of Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel (1856-1910) was sensational for his contemporaries and always remained a mystery to subsequent generations. In addition to a kind of manner in which works are designed to enhance mystical sound, the figurative structure of the paintings fascinates.
The mood of symbolism characteristic of Vrubel is permeated and “Auto portrait with a pearl sink.”. A self-portrait as a genre of painting is akin to a personal diary in which the author seeks to display the very essence of his nature, to confess to true experiences and feelings, in a word, to capture the life of his soul. The ruble appears before the audience deliberately close, as if setting up his vis-a-visa for a confidential conversation. This reflects the artist’s desire to be as sincere as possible. Vrubel’s lively, slightly alarmed look fascinates.
Portraying a sculpture of a white swan in the background, the master hints at the previously picturesque masterpiece “The Princess of Swan”, in which he embodied his wife, singer Nadezhda Ivanovna 3abel-Vrubel in the stage image of the heroine of the opera N. AND. Rimsky-Korsakov “The Tale of King Saltan.”.