Flowers in a blue vase - Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel. 16 x 24 cm
Among the works of Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel there are very accurate and refined images of flowers. With watercolors or a pencil, the artist creates not only drawings, but also sketches for painting porcelain, patterns for embroidery, and paints fans. At the same time, he enthusiastically and very realistically draws both luxurious roses and orchids, and simple heliotropes, forget-me-nots, modest wildflowers. Many of these sketches were preserved thanks to his students, who transferred his work to the Kiev museum, including this drawing of a small bouquet in a vase.
A harmonious combination of shades of fluffy hydrangea hats: snow-white, shining in the light, and thick lilac, changing their shades from pale lilac to deep violet, gives rise to a tender, romantic mood. Between them are openwork branches of small, fragile inflorescences of lily of the valley, which give the bouquet lightness and elegance. Wonderful terry begonia flowers add to joy and energy, similar to small roses, shimmering with juicy scarlet and red-orange colors.
Light, spring green leaves frame the bouquet from below. Another bright detail on the sketch is a ceramic vase with wide handles of a saturated dark blue tone of the night sky.
The background of the picture is only marked by blurry dark brown, almost black, and gray spots, emphasizing the brightness and vibrancy of the image.
With small, quick strokes, the master applies paints: with the thinnest, translucent layer, trying to emphasize the airiness and trembling of the flower, or in thick, dense layers, conveying the natural beauty and natural color of living petals. The play of light and shadow in the drawing, giving the image volume, is perfectly transmitted.
The picture gives a feeling of light romance and spirituality, freshness of a spring morning, a cool breeze, fascinates with the charming charm of each petal.