Not targeting a specific theme or event, Vasnetsov managed to portray in his picture the soul of Russian fairy tale, akin to quiet Mid-Russian nature. The image of Alyonushka, painted with a peasant girl as the model, conveys the suffering of a meek, lonely orphan, abandoned by everybody, who is present in many a tale. She spends an eternity sitting on a white stone, as if turned into stone with suffering, her eyes a mirror of unspoken despair. The girl's eyes pull you in like a whirlpool. The deep dark water, with a shimmering transparent reflection, is pulling at Alyonushka like a magnet. The girl's figure seems to have been put together using naturally occurring shapes, dying evening colours and foliage patterns, to project a distilled inward-turned sadness of autumn nature, which takes care to conceal and safeguard the heroine. Nature consoles her like a mother consoles her baby. Landscape motifs are suggested by poetical folklore images, for example the swallows that are gathered on a twig above Alyonushka's head as good message bringers, while the fluttering aspens are a symbol of bad 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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