Not targeting a specific theme or event, Vasnetsov managed to portray in his painting the soul of Russian fairy tale akin to low-key Central Russian nature. The image of Alyonushka, painted from a peasant girl, conveys the suffering of a meek, lonely orphan, abandoned by everybody; such a character can be found in many a tale. She spends an eternity sitting on a white stone, as if turned into stone herself with suffering, her eyes being a mirror of unspoken despair. The girl's gaze pulls you in like a whirlpool. The deep dark water, with an eerie reflection, is pulling at Alyonushka like a magnet. The girl's figure seems to be made of shapes of nature, dying evening colours and foliage patterns and concentrates in itself the inward-turned sadness of autumn nature, which takes care to conceal and safeguard the heroine. Nature consoles her like a mother consoles her baby. The landscape motifs are inspired by poetical folklore images, for example, the swallows that are gathered on a twig above Alyonushka's head are good messengers, helpers in misfortune, while the fluttering aspens are a symbol of rough luck.
Every Wednesday you can visit for free the permanent exhibition "The Art of the Twentieth Century" in the New Tretyakov (Krymsky Val, 10).
Please note the opening times for the Tretyakov Gallery over the holidays.
November 4 (Sunday) - the exhibitions are open for visitors as usual.
November 5 (Monday) - the exhibitions are open for visitors from 10.00 till 18.00 (last admission until 17.00).
November 4 - the exhibitions are open for visitors as usual.
November 5 (Monday) - the exhibitions are closed.
Congratulations on the upcoming holidays and we are waiting in the halls of the Tretyakov Gallery!
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