The painting “Tsarvna-Lebedy”, Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel

The painting “Tsarvna-Lebedy”, Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel
The painting "Tsarvna-Lebedy", Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel - 1

  • Posted by Mikhail Vrubel
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1900

Overview of the painting :

Tsarevna-Lebedy – Mikhail Vrubel. 1900. Oil on canvas. 142.5×93.5

   The painting was the result of the artist’s serious work on the scenery for the opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan. At this time, the life of the whole family of the master was closely associated with this production. The wife performed the part of Tsarevna, the artist himself was entrusted with creating the scenery and sketches of costumes.

   Of all the characters, it was Tsarevna-Lebedy who was most interested in the master. Two natural principles – cold and warm, water and air, dark and bright – attracted the artist in this image. Fairytale, a wonderful combination of the uncountable – became the main ideas of the artist.

   It would be a mistake to consider that the author wrote a portrait of his wife in an image. The preserved photographs of Nadezhda Vrubel prove that the image of Tsarevna was entirely born of the artist’s imagination.

   The viewer is fond of both numerous details and a common plot. The artist managed to convey the most wonderful moment – transformation. It is worth carefully looking into the face of the heroine: her big expressive eyes already resemble birds with something, her lips will turn into a beak in a moment. Chicaren the first outfit of Tsarevna. The color scheme based on virgin white, strikes with a variety of subtle shades. The silk-wandering texture of the robe is conveyed masterfully. Even the most inquiring viewer will not be able to determine the boundary between the feathers and the heroin outfit.

   It is impossible to break away from the gaze of the Princess. Waiting for a miracle, she seems to invite everyone who wants to share with her all the magic of the moment.

   In Russian mythology, a swan is a symbol of creative flight, inspiration, imagination, imagination. Many poets loved the picture, and the master’s colleagues studied it very seriously in order to understand the secret of transmitting mother-of-pearl texture, elusive movement and mixing of colors.

   The work was bought by the Morozov patron, and in Tretyakovka it hit the collective. Two detailed sketches for the picture are stored at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.