“The Demon is Sitting,” Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel, 1890

“The Demon is Sitting,” Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel, 1890
“The Demon is Sitting,” Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel, 1890 - 1

  • Posted by Mikhail Vrubel
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1890

Overview of the painting :

The seated demon is Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel. Oil on canvas. 116.5×213.8

   The largest representative of symbolism and modernity in Russian art, M. AND. Vrubel (1856-1910) was a universal artist who created easel paintings and monumental paintings, an excellent draftsman and sculptor, worked hard in the field of arts and crafts. The main theme of Wrubel’s work in the “Moscow period” was the theme of the Demon.

   The background for the painting “The Demon Sitting” is the tense-purple low sky. Unknown crystalline flowers of various dark shades bloom behind the Demon. The heavy athletic muscles of his naked torso are tense, and the clenched fingers give out piercing longing. Black eyebrow lines are scattered up and bitterly down the corners of his mouth on his dark face. The combination of the power and powerlessness of the young giant echoes the flickering beauty of the dead landscape surrounding it, in which there are only bizarre barbed rocks and stone clouds. The demon, immersed in longing for a living, full of flowering and heat to the world from which he is torn off, does not notice how a gold dawn flares up behind him.

   Benoit later recalled that Wrubel continued to work on the image of the demon even after the opening of the exhibition. According to him, under the brush of Vrubel, the demon changed his appearance in front of his eyes, and this impressed the real confrontation of the artist-creator with the fallen angel.