The painting “Vityaz at a crossroads” – Vasnetsov
- Author: Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov
- Museum: Russian Museum
- Year: 1882
Overview of the painting :
Vityaz at a crossroads – Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov. 1882. Oil on canvas. 167×299
Viktor Mikhailovich Vastnetsov with a series of works devoted to the plots of Russian fairy tales and pastries turned out to be an innovator in this field of fine art. The reputation of the “fairy artist” was consolidated behind him, he was so imbued with the spirit of Russian antiquity and time of chance that he built his Moscow house in the form of a wooden hut (now there is a memorial museum of a painter).
The painting “Vityaz at a crossroads” is partly a reflection of the fate of Vasnetsov. Being a recognized editorial artist, he, like his comrades, performed genre compositions in the spirit of the island-social themes that worried society in the 1870-1890s. But the fabulous theme that took possession of him dictated a different development of creativity. The painter left the problems of our time and plunged into the world of Russian antiquity, risking being condemned.
Choosing the path as one of the fatal questions of human life on the large-format canvas of the master acquired an epic sound. A saddened whirlpool bent under the weight of the fatal prophecy bending. An ominous raven, the setting red sun escalates the atmosphere. The artist made a deliberate rejection of the image of the road (as a way out of difficulty) in order to show the inevitability of fate.