The Swan Princess

It thus was created a beautiful painting of Mikhail Aleksandrovich Vrubel (1856-1910) "the Swan Princess", adorns one of the halls of the Tretyakov gallery. The enchanted Opera N.. Rimsky-Korsakov "the Tale of Tsar Saltan" based on the story of the fairy tale of A. S. Pushkin, the artist first drew the sketches of theatrical scenery and costumes. Then came the portrait of the Swan Princess, the party which performed the artist's wife. However, a winged beauty of a painting is not like the surviving photos of the singer - it is distinctive and tragic as many of the images of Mikhail Vrubel.

The artist-storyteller

Perhaps the most famous paintings that Express the spirit and beauty of Russian fairy tales, masterpieces of Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov (1848-1926). Early childhood Vasnetsov absorbed the spirituality of the Russian land: the example of his father he was going to become a priest. But not finish my studies one class in the Seminary, the future artist listened to the call of the heart and entered the Academy of fine arts. Since all his life he tried to convey to others the magic that is felt yourself running Gray wolf with Ivan Tsarevich through the dense forest, flying a magic carpet over the Russian expanse, longing younger Princess of the underworld.
The richest collection of the works of V. M. Vasnetsov can be seen in his house-Museum, like a fairy tower.

Above the famous painting "Bogatyrs", the artist worked for nearly twenty years - it was the peak of his creativity. Three monumental figures of Russian fellows represent strength, honor, dignity of the people serving for the glory of their land.

Images, familiar from childhood

Pushkin was inspired not only composers. Ilya Yakovlevich Bilibin (1876-1942) after a long work on his own style was the best, canonical Illustrator Pushkin. His brushwork, "Bilibino", was the simple graphics lines, colored with bright watercolors, in the abundance of Russian folk decor.

First Russian tales not interested in the artist, and he studied portrait and landscape painting. However, in 1899 at the exhibition he saw a picture of V. Vasnetsov "Heroes" and was so amazed by this epic painting, which since then has devoted his entire life to the depiction of Russian fairy tales.
The namesake of the famous painter, Yuri Vasnetsov (1900-1973) illustrated children's nursery rhymes, nursery rhymes and folk songs. His lively and funny images reprinted in children's books for over half a century.

The marine realm

A large influence of V. M. Vasnetsov had and on the work of another Russian artist, Ilya Repin (1844-1930), became the prototype of the hero of the picture "Sadko" . Ilya Repin depicted the moment of Novgorod epics, when the sea king Sadko the minstrel shows of his daughters. Procession goes beauties in front of a Russian musician, but he looks only where he sees the silhouette of his girlfriend of Carnaby. The painting was bought by the future Tsar Alexander III, and the artist received the title of academician.