Lilac - Mikhail Vrubel. 160x177
The painting occupies a special place in the work of the great master of Art Nouveau. The blooming lilac bush, seen by the master in the Chernigov province, made such a strong impression that the artist immediately started to work.
A miracle is in front of the viewer - like a nymph driven by a pan, the girl took refuge behind a flowering lilac bush. An approximate, blurry image excites the viewer's imagination. The artist does not give a clear image, for him the riot of lilac colors surrounding his heroine is more important.
At the exhibition, the painting was praised by Emperor Nikolai Aleksandrovich, who was distinguished by a conservative taste. Praise turned the work into a modern masterpiece, criticism choked with delight, but the content of the work remained a mystery for a long time. In this work, researchers tend to see the embodiment of the complex philosophical views of the artist, his aesthetic program.
Lilac is a favorite flower of Art Nouveau artists. They were fascinated by the color itself and the mystical, mesmerizing variety of shades of purple.