Venice, Mikhail Vrubel, 1893
- Posted by Mikhail Vrubel
- Museum: Russian Museum
- Year: 1893
Overview of the painting :
Venice – Mikhail Vrubel. 1893. Decorative panel
Behind a noisy carnival full of colors, dances and songs, the master saw a certain emptiness and sadness. One has only to give a fleeting look at the picture, as it becomes clear that not one of those depicted on the canvas smiles.
A city playing the role of a background is like a bulky decoration that prevents actors from playing. The color scheme is heavy and bleak. The viewer seems to feel the heat that slows down the festive action. It is as if the participants are doing hard work, which they can’t refuse.
The master did not paint the picture from nature, but from memory, using photographs. Hence the ultimate accuracy in the image of the “bridge of sighs”, a similar accuracy is uncharacteristic for the painting of the master. She makes the background even more lifeless and dry.
The color of the picture at first glance is illogical. Some colors look “random”, disrupting the harmony of the color row. In fact, such an approach when choosing paints only reinforces the impression of a heavy and completely sad atmosphere of the carnival.