Vrubel liked to travel around the countries. He visited: Rome, Milan, Athens and other cities, but his heart remained forever in the capital of Russia - Moscow. Such wanderings had a positive effect on the artist's works, leaving a fiery mark in history.
The painting “Fortune Teller” is one of such creative impulses. Having visited Spain, Vrubel began to write passionate canvases full of feelings and tenderness. Many critics and historians believe that when he saw the opera Carmen, the artist created this picture in a fit of feelings.
In literature, “Carmen” is a love story telling about a gypsy and her lover. From here the plot of the picture originates. The center of the composition is romale with an unusually wild and predatory appearance, lurking many secrets. Short hair gives out an imperious and strong nature, which can stand up for itself. The same thing is said in body language. The mock softness of the torso position is opposed to confident hands. Its inconsistency is indicated by disharmonious appearance and surroundings. Rich carpets can not be combined with a simple robe of a girl who inspires thoughts about how she got here and where did all this come from?
Gypsy people have always been credited with magical abilities. Therefore, Vrubel put cards into the girl’s hands that personify the connection with the nomadic people. To enhance the effect, the fortuneteller holds a mysterious ace of spades, portending a blow of fate or a long road full of danger and difficulties. The woman, as if in mockery, does not look at the cards, testing the strength that has come to her.
Symbolism of color can be found here. For example, a pink scarf, traditionally meaning infantility, takes on a different character here: the cunning and insidiousness of a mysterious and unpredictable stranger. She has a look like a harem beauty who wishes to master the skill of witchcraft.