This magnificent painting was painted by Vrubel in 1896. It was assumed that it would be exhibited at an industrial exhibition. The creation was previously fully approved by the king. However, the commission rejects the work, considering it non-artistic. Mamontov rented a special place near the exhibition and set up a pavilion there specifically for this panel and also eight others. Such an event caused an incredible noise.
Vrubel very much loved all the work of the Russian people. All existing legends, epics and traditions were incredibly close to him. It was in them that the image of the people was formed, very lyrical, but at the same time powerful. Quite often, Vrubel turned to the images of heroes, heroes of wonderful tales and mysterious legends.
On the panel "Mikula Selyaninovich" Mikula appears before the audience. Many epics of Northern Russia are stacked about this wonderful plowman. Mikula left the plow, and Volga could not even move it. This is the plot of one of the epics. Svyatogor can not catch up with Mikula, although he goes on foot, and he rides on a horse. Mikula embodied the eternal dream of the people about work, filled with happiness.
Mikula at Vrubel is a simple peasant. The main idea of the painter is that it is Mikula who fully embodies the power of the earth.
Each of Vrubel’s works is incredibly deep and informative. They are directly absolutely not connected with the problems relevant for that time. But this isolation in his world of unusual fantasies, which many did not understand, demonstrates Vrubel's constant desire to find a way out. In all the works, some kind of breakdown is felt. But the great power of feelings and the highest ideals are also not alien to this master. The viewer does not feel Vrubel’s indifference to them, rather the opposite. All the artist’s work is imbued with a certain emotion and a special romanticism.
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