Bakhchisarai fountain - Karl Pavlovich Bryullov. 86.5 x 76 cm
For almost 11 years, the famous painter Karl Pavlovich Bryullov went to his masterpiece. Pushkin, he began to write in 1838 one of his most famous works, dedicated to the classic poem about the Bakhchisarai fountain.
In 1849, this work was created, and it was immediately acquired by Princess Maria Nikolaevna, daughter of Emperor Nicholas I.
Of course, the plot is taken from Pushkin's poem, but the artist does not reveal to the viewer not the passion and intrigue of the eastern harem, but the moment of relaxation and unpretentious entertainment.
In the rich and luxurious atmosphere of the Khan’s palace, young girls enjoy life peacefully, having gathered near the fountain. The fact that these are slaves are reminded only by servants delivering dishes, and an old eunuch sitting on a carpet in the left corner of the canvas.
All the beauties in magnificent dresses made of light silk and shiny satin. Bright colors, glitter of gilded threads in luxurious belts, trousers and wraps. Silver dishes, soft carpets, a crystal glow from the water, funny fish in the fountain - everything speaks of a quiet, calm, idyllic pastime of young girls.
Sad Maria, modestly sitting in the window opening, does not fit into the general entertainments and gaiety. Her head bowed, her hands limp on her knees. She is not interested in the society of others. Also under the tree is another heroine - Zarema with a dagger on her belt. She casts a fierce look in the direction of her rival, a Slavic slave.
The painter is interested in the theme of exotic and unusual traditions of the east. Therefore, perhaps he was attracted to the poem precisely by the leitmotif of the everyday life of the female half, bliss and pleasures, languid bliss, which are simply “spilled” throughout the canvas.
Pushkin's poem and the painting by the painter Bryullov are an example of the magnificent tandem of two Russian creators.