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Art involves experimentation, especially painting. Many Russian artists felt a desire to experiment, but not everyone could express their inner feelings.
The work of Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel showed that the artist refused to work in a journalistic style. The stream of artistic innovations rejected the existence of analogues of Mikhail Vrubel's masterpieces. This painter is a purely individual person who lives in a world of bright colors and reality. Vrubel has a lot of works of different genres, including portrait themes.
In 1897, a portrait of Savva Mamontov, a philanthropist and businessman, was created. The merchant Savva Ivanovich is comfortably located in an armchair, as if he would begin a business conversation. The presentable appearance of Savva Ivanovich testifies to the refined taste of Vrubel. This room is an office in which Mamontov works.
The philanthropist is so severe that, according to portrait critics, he is similar to a Russian hero. Hyperbolicity and expression are added to the work - Vrubel's main goal. The entrepreneur’s temper is expressed, like the tsar’s, this is noticeable if you see the look of Savva Ivanovich. Individuality and severity are present in the image of Mamontov, the artist does not stop at conveying emotions and moods.
The masterpiece of Mikhail Vrubel is the perfect expressiveness of the painter’s creative structure. Having created the image of a philanthropist, Mikhail Alexandrovich embodied the project of his thoughts and images. Not always nature could suit him, not because he was choosy to the external data of man. No, this was due to his restlessness and speed, so the portrait of the proud Savva Ivanovich was not finished. The main goal of Mikhail Vrubel is to convey to the viewer a stream of feelings and interests, not only of the real world, but also of the soul.
Fedor Vasilyev Wet Meadow