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"Eastern fairy tale", Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel - description of the painting

Eastern fairy tale - Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel. 27 x 27 cm

Mikhail Vrubel was very easy to relate to his sketches and sketches. But a few days later, having received back carefully glued and preserved pieces, the artist restored the picture, thanks to which we can admire one of his best early works written in Kiev.

At first glance, this is a motley mosaic canvas in which it is difficult to immediately recognize something. But once you take a closer look, you can see how the faces and figures emerge from the darkness of the tent and the colors. Only a few characters are written in detail by the master: he carefully looks at the young concubine the formidable shah in a snow-white turban decorated with a heron feather. Having propped up his head with his hand, the vizier sitting next to her watches with curiosity. The admiration is written on the face of the musician sitting on the left. But it burns the jealous and angry look of one of the beauties of the harem, who turned to the stranger.

Moonlight with a gentle blue glow envelops a beautiful girl, shimmering on heavy jewelry. A slightly bowed head, a thin, graceful figure in rich clothes is full of calm and inner dignity.

Everything around is breathing luxury - a magnificent patterned Persian carpet lies on the floor, multi-colored brocade fabrics hang from the ceiling. Fire flames brightly in tall bowls, illuminating everything around with warm light. The dark, almost black color of the walls, dissolving in the dark, emphasizes the splendor of precious fabrics, the quivering game of amber highlights in a low gold table.

The master’s unique technique - small strokes, matching each other like pieces of a mosaic, form one huge panel, and clear lines, strict borders of each fragment give the image volume.

Intense watercolor paints create the illusion of fairy tales of precious stones: velvety bright blue, juicy gloomy purple and deep, deep cherry and dense burgundy shades harmoniously combine with vibrant cream-beige, golden yellow, snow-white and blue-green colors.

A wonderful, very lyrical work, filled with powerful, positive energy, it delights with the richness of the palette and gives a feeling of joy.

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