The work of the outstanding painter of the late XIX – early XX century Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov is very diverse. At the beginning of his creative activity, the artist painted pictures of the everyday genre: “Military Telegram”, “Balagany in Paris”, then worked in the genre of portrait, was engaged in ornamental art, was an architect.
But the main direction in his work was epic and historical. The painter created such paintings as: “Ivan Tsarevich on Gray Wolves”, “Sleeping Princess”, “Carpet – plane” and others. All of them are imbued with a deep love for folklore and traditions of the native Russian people. Subsequently, critics began to call VM Vasnetsov “the true hero of Russian painting.”
The girl has a kind, but sad expression on her face, her eyes are wide open, her mouth slightly open. Extreme longing is read in its entire form. Probably, the main character at this moment thinks about her brother, turned into a kid, does not know how to help him in this inconsolable grief, her heart is full of sadness and anxiety.
Alyonushka is depicted as a painter against the background of the landscape of early autumn. In the foreground of the picture is a motionless water surface, along which, like boats, yellow leaves float. In the mirror of the river you see the reflection of Alenushka sitting on a rock.
High stems of reeds with thin leaves were picturesquely located in the lake and covered almost the entire coast. Behind the girl can be seen low birch trees and aspen trees, the leaves of which have
The gray, inhospitable sky, devoid of the rays of the bright sun, complements with sadness the composition composed by VM Vasnetsov.
The painted canvas is painted by the artist in contrasting colors. The author intentionally draws attention to the person of the heroine. It is executed in light tones on a dark background. It is felt that the painter sympathizes with Alenushka’s grief and empathizes with her. Throughout the composition, VM Vasnetsov uses cold, faded tones that help create a sad mood.
When viewing the picture of V. M. Vasnetsov “Alenushka”, sadness, sadness, sympathy and compassion for the poor orphan, I want to share with her all the adversity and help.