Self portrait with a pearl shell - Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel. 58,2х5З
The work of Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel (1856-1910) was sensational for his contemporaries and has always remained a mystery to future generations. In addition to the peculiar manner of performing works, designed to enhance the mystical sound, the imaginative system of paintings is fascinating.
The mood of symbolism characteristic of Vrubel is permeated and "Self-portrait with a pearl shell". Self-portrait as a genre of painting is akin to a personal diary in which the author seeks to reflect the very essence of his nature, to admit his true feelings and feelings, in a word, to capture the life of his soul. Vrubel appears before the viewer deliberately close, as if tuning his vis-a-vis to a confidential conversation. This is seen by the artist’s desire to be as sincere as possible. Vrubel’s lively, slightly alarmed gaze is mesmerizing.
Depicting a white swan sculpture in the background, the master hints at the previously created masterpiece “The Swan Princess”, in which he embodied his wife, singer Nadezhda Ivanovna 3abela-Vrubel in the stage character of the heroine of the opera N. Rimsky-Korsakov “The Tale of Tsar Saltan” .