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If you carefully study the entire biography and creative path of Vrubel, then with confidence we can say that his work is saturated with an atmosphere of mystery, fantasy and veiled unusualness. In the works he attached particular importance to the theme of Demons. After all, he began to work in this spirit back in 1891, when at the suggestion of M.Yu. Lermontov, he worked out several illustrations for his eponymous poem, “Demon”. In total, about thirty works were created.
The very first and quite successful appeared “Demon Sitting” in 1890. Today this work is stored in the Tretyakov Gallery, and in fact the original is located there. But this masterpiece was created in the house of the merchant S. Mamontov.
Interestingly, the artist did not immediately get inspiration, but only after reading the poem itself. Therefore, after creating the image that he imagined, he decided to characterize his hero not as an evil and rebellious creature, but as a creature suffering and confused in his strength. And since ancient times, people have always believed that demons are negative characters that prevented a person from showing his strength and will. The depicted character, who sits and at the same time thoughtfully discusses his life, sees that nothing can be changed. Therefore, his gaze is sad and sad, and he has to come to terms with the environment. His gaze is sad and sad, and it is evident that he is surrounded by flowers.
Around the demon, the paint thickens, the frame narrows. Therefore, there is a feeling of persecution and constraint in their actions. The scarlet sunset in some way symbolizes a hope that has not yet been lost in vain. If you look closely, you can see that the picture is made in some kind of not quite ordinary format.
The artist used his special techniques, which helped create the impression of a panel or a stained-glass window. The picture has receivers that symbolize the activity and mystery of quiet creatures.
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