The painting “Nesmeyana-tsarevna”, Vasnetsov

The painting “Nesmeyana-tsarevna”, Vasnetsov
The painting "Nesmeyana-tsarevna", Vasnetsov - 1

  • Author: Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov
  • Museum: Vasnetsov House Museum, Moscow
  • Year: 1916-1926

Overview of the painting :

Nesmeyana-tsarevna – Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov. Oil on canvas. 262 x 190 cm
   The picture uses a plot of Russian tales of a beautiful princess who inspired her parents with fear for their health, since she never laughed, nothing pleased her. Whatever the king-father did, the girl did not react in any way to either fun, medicine, or witchcraft drugs.

   Such a moment is just depicted on the canvas – the melting princess is trying in every possible way to entertain a crowd of different people. The compositional center of the picture – a figure of princess in a snow-white dress with a gold thread embroidered in the basement – is specially shifted up and to the right to place as many pieces as possible.

   A feature of the canvas is the multi-figuration and multi-faceted composition. The location of the characters is such that the look of the picture gradually slides from the figures of famously dancing buffoons in the foreground to the image of a full-bodied vedunyy grandmother and an old doctor with capital in the lower right corner. The central part of the left half of the picture is occupied by images of bars in the throttle hats and western ambassadors who are sore in the Versailles bow. But this is not all the characters in this voluminous picture. If you look closely, crowds of curious people are visible on the right outside the windows, looking into the royal chambers and joking and scans laughing at jokes and from the heart of jokes.

   The central character of the picture is the princess of Nesmeyan herself. He sits on a hill, as befits a royal daughter, on a white throne with a leg bench. She is immensely tired of this universal fun and attention, her gaze is turned deep into herself, her hair is loose, with her left hand the princess feeds her head, decorated with a luxurious precious crown. Perhaps the reason for Nesmeyana’s sadness is her imprisonment in her father’s palace and the complete subordination of his will – gloomy dark faces depicted on the capitals of the columns in the background of the picture hint at it.

   This color-rich canvas is combined into a single whole by two large tonal accents – a white dress of princesses and a scarlet shirt of a frying pan.