Victor Vasnetsov wrote his famous painting “The Snow Maiden” more than a hundred years ago, in the distant 1899. The artist began to create his masterpiece commissioned by a single theater, where the production of Ostrovsky’s play with the same title was planned. Literary work was written based on Russian folk art. Therefore, there is nothing surprising in the fact that Vasnetsov drew his inspiration in the bright and original fairy tales of our people. The plot of history, by the will of the artist transferred to the canvas, is familiar to many.
The Snow Maiden is a magical character, a pure and beautiful child of two opposites. Her parents are Spring and Frost. The girl is very beautiful, but her beauty is similar to winter snow: as pure, flawless and cold. The
For the picture “Snow Maiden” the author chose, cold, calm, “winter” tones. Much of the canvas is taken for the image of snow. He immediately attracts attention with his purity. This sparkling veil, given to the earth by mother-winter, has not yet been disturbed by forest animals and birds. And the Snow Maiden’s soul is clean, fresh and untouched, her heart cold and serene, unaware of anxiety and unrest.
The heroine had just emerged from the mysterious thicket into the forest glade illuminated by the moon. The Snow Maiden peers into the distance, as if she wants to see something very important for herself. She’s really beautiful! Her face literally glows with youthful purity and light tenderness. The rich costume of the Snow Maiden, sewed from magnificent brocade, also suited. A charming cap makes the heroine very gentle, touching and feminine.
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In the image of the fairy-tale Snow Maiden the author embodied his own idea of true maiden beauty. Beauty, which can not be separated from spiritual purity and depth. Vasnetsov’s masterpiece attracts with its sincerity, lyricism and penetration of feelings.