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Vrubel, Mikhail Aleksandrovich

18561910


Painter, graphic artist, stage designer, sculptor and master of applied arts. Creator of the mythological paintings, portraits, landscapes and still lifes. In 1874 entered the law faculty of St. Petersburg University, simultaneously studying painting. From 1880-1884 studied at the Academy of Arts; the school of P.P.Chistyakov played an important role in his evolution as an artist. Later Vrubel developed the principle of revealing the internal structure of the form by producing its "edges", which was discovered by Chistyakov, in his creative work. Vrubel had an extensive philosophical, literary and aesthetic range. In 1885 he was invited to work in the Vladimir Cathedral and the Kirill Church in Kiev. His most famous works were created in the course of the 1890s. In 1902 he was diagnosed with a serious mental disorder. Later he was doomed to spend his life in clinics, but he continued his creative work in the periods when the disease weakened its hold on him. The artist went blind in 1906. M.A.Vrubel expressed the spiritual strivings of his epoch earlier than other artists, and his road to innovation was much more decisive than that of his contemporaries. The Abramtsevo society had great aesthetic influence on the artist. In the second half of the 1880s when he worked on studies for the frescoes of the Vladimir Cathedral in Kiev (which were not completed), he studied Byzantine mosaics and frescoes, mastering the exalted way of medieval art. In 1890 the artist creates his most remarkable work entitled "Seated Demon" which opened the main theme of his creative work. He was one of the first to address Symbolism and the style of Art Nouveau within the mainstream of European aesthetic exploration. In the 1890s Vrubel begins to cover the whole range of fine art. He creates decorative and monumental compositions, harmoniously painted into architecture ("Princess of Dreams", 1896; several panels on the theme of J.W. Goethes "Faust" (1906) for the Gothic study of the A.V. Morozov palace, studies majolica, stage design, book illustration, sculpture and decorative applied arts. In a number of works he tries to "pick up the intimate national note" (Pan, 1899; "The Swan Princess", 1900). After completing "Demon Vanquished" in 1902, Vrubel spends the rest of his life coping with his illness. Clinic-bound he produces such remarkable works as "Asrail, the Angel of Death. The Six-Winged Seraphim" (1904), and "The Rose" (1904) in his better moments. During the last years of Vrubels life, his creative work won European recognition, but most of his plans remained unfulfilled mainly due to the lack of understanding on the part of his contemporaries. The artists and poets of Symbolism in the 1900s saw the creative work of Vrubel as the school of the highest mastery and the living example of service to a vocation
Head of Christ

1888
Oil on wood
19,1 14,7
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

Hamlet and Ophelia

1888
Oil on cardboard
32,7 23,8
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

Demon (sitting)

1890
oil on canvas
116,5 213,8
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 33

Italy. Neapolitan night

1891
Paper on cardboard, water-colour, graphite pencil, whitewash.
57,5 70

The Twilight. A Roman Motif

1891-1892
Oil on wood
23,9 33
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

The Judgment of Paris. Triptych. Right side: Minerva

1893
Oil on canvas
317 132,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 34

The Judgment of Paris. Triptych. Left side: Juno

1893
Oil on canvas
317 132
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 34

The Judgment of Paris. Triptych. Central part: Venus, Cupid and Paris

1893
Oil on canvas
317 133,8
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 34

Catagna. Sicily

1894
Oil on wood
9,2 21,6
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

The Propylaea. Athens

1894
Oil on wood
9,4 21,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

Porto Fino

1894
Oil on wood
9,5 13,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

Elba Island. The Tyrrhenian Sea

1894
Oil on wood
9,4 21,6
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

Portrait of Maria Pavlovna Tretyakova

1894
Oil on wood
21,5 9,2
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

Spain

1894
Oil on canvas
248 89
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 33

Fortune-teller

1895
oil on canvas
135,5 86,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 33

Robert and nuns

1896
Bronze
Height 91,5

The Princess of the Dream

1896
oil on canvas
750 1400
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 33

Portrait of Konstantin Dmitrievich Artsybushev

1896
Oil on canvas
101,5 136,7
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

Faust

1896
Oil on canvas
521104
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

Margarete

1896
Oil on canvas
435 104
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

Mephistopheles and His Pupil

1896
Oil on canvas
521110
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

The Flight of Faust and Mephistopheles

1896
Oil on canvas
290 240
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

Portrait of S.I. Mamontov

1897
oil on canvas
187 142,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 33

Portrait of N.I. Zabela-Vrubel

1898
oil on canvas
124 75,7
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

The Prophet

1898
Oil on canvas
149 132
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 34

Pan

1899
oil on canvas
124 106,3
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

Philosophi

1899
Plaster, water colour
133 46
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

Volkhova

1899-1900
Majolica
Height 41
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 33

Swan Czarevna

1900
oil on canvas
142,5 93,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

Lilac

1900
oil on canvas
161,5 x 179,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 33

Into the Night

1900
Oil on canvas
131 182,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

The Lilac

1900
Oil on wood
16 27
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

Princess Swan

1900
Oil on panel
25,2 18,7
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

The Swan

1901
Oil on canvas
155 132,2
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

The Lilac

1901
Oil on canvas
214 342
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 33

Prostrated Demon

1902
oil on canvas
139 387
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 33

Rose

1904
Paper on cardboard, water-colour, graphite pencil
29,8 18,5

After a concert. Portrait of Nadezhda Ivanovna Zabela-Vrubel by the fireplace, wearing a dress designed by the artist

1905
Canvas, pastel, coal
168,5 191,5

A Spanish Dancer in Red

Early 1890s
Oil on cardboard
32,9 19,3
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32

A Spanish Woman in White

Early 1890s
Oil on cardboard
33 19,3
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 32