Siren, Mikhail Vrubel, 1900 – overview of the painting

Siren, Mikhail Vrubel, 1900 – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Mikhail Vrubel
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1900

Overview of the painting :

Lilac – Mikhail Vrubel. 1900. Oil on canvas. 160×177

   The picture occupies a special place in the work of the great master of modernity. A constant search for new forms, a burning desire to turn every work into a tangible miracle full of deep meaning. The blooming bush of lilacs, seen by the master in the Chernihiv province, made such a strong impression that the artist immediately started work.

   Before the audience, a miracle – like a nymph, chasing a pan, a girl took refuge behind a flowering bush of lilacs. An approximate, fuzzy image excites the imagination of the viewer. The artist does not give a clear image, for him more important is the riot of lilac paints surrounding his heroine.

   At the exhibition, the picture was praised by Sovereign Nikolai Alexandrovich, who was distinguished by a conservative taste. Praise turned the work into a modern masterpiece, criticism was choked with enthusiasm, but the very content of the work remained secret for a long time. In this work, researchers tend to see the embodiment of the artist’s complex philosophical views, his aesthetic program.

   Lilac is a favorite flower of Art Nouveau artists. They were fascinated by the color itself and the mystical, bewitching variety of shades of purple.