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All M.'s paintings, especially his Demons ...
In 1891, M. Vrubel painted 30 illustrations for the new anniversary edition of the works of the Russian poet M.Yu. Lermontov. Most of the illustrations are devoted to Lermontov’s poem “Demon”. The first sketch of the painting entitled "The Demon Sitting" was painted in 1890, it is stored in the same place as the original - in the State Tretyakov Gallery. And the picture itself was painted in Moscow in the house of S. Mamontov.
The plot of this picture was created by Vrubel after he read Lermontov's “Demon”. After he painted this picture, the artist wrote the following words about his work: “The demon is not so much an evil spirit as a suffering and mournful, but at the same time powerful and majestic.”
At all times, the demon represented the image of the strength of the spirit of man, his inner struggle and doubts. The painting of the demon represents a seated sad demon who tragically clasped his hands. His eyes are very sad, they look into the distance, they are surrounded by invisible colors. The demon sits alone in the middle of the mountains, it is enveloped in a scarlet sunset. Looking at this picture, one gets the feeling that the artist caught one of his Demons and put him in a frame.
The painting was written in an individual style characteristic of this artist, in which there are effects of crystalline faces, so this painting is more like a panel or a stained glass window. This effect the artist was able to achieve through the use of flat strokes with a palette knife.
The "Demon Sitting" is the most famous of the Vrubel Demons. In 1899, he painted the painting “Demon Flying,” in which he portrayed the Demon in the image of the ruler of the world. And from 1901 to 1902, M. Vrubel finished his last work - “Demon Downed”, in which the Demon was on the verge of death.
Really, the Demons depicted by the artist took the life of Vrubel himself? This is only an assumption, but if you look at these pictures carefully, you will understand that they are not more mysterious in the whole world.
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