Description of the painting by Mikhail Vrubel “Resurrection”

The “Resurrection” of Vrubel is a sketch for the painting of the Cyril Church in Kiev.

Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel is a great Russian artist, sculptor and draftsman, who was a pioneer of modernism with an original vision. An innovator by nature, Vrubel rejected tradition, but he was not keeping up with his times. Some contemporaries misunderstood him, and Vrubel’s life ended tragically. Nevertheless, almost all artists of the early twentieth century consider him, if not the founder, then certainly laid the foundations of the Russian avant-garde.

Initially, Vrubel followed in his father's footsteps, graduated from the law faculty of St. Petersburg University, and then immediately entered the Academy of Arts. His teacher was Pavel Chistyakov, a virtuoso artist who had a huge influence on Vrubel. From him, Vrubel acquired a keen perception of form and its components. Even in his very early paintings, he already showed amazing talent in painting and a peculiar worldview. Still enjoying the academic monumentality, then a tendency towards fragmentary composition and “incomplete touch” appeared in his works.

From 1884 to 1889, Vrubel lived in Kiev, where he studied and worked to restore the icons and frescoes of the Cyril Church (XII century), and also painted a series of murals and icons. It was then that the “Resurrection” appeared. According to many art historians, when characterizing works of religious subjects of that period and, in particular, works in the Cyril Church, "his palette acquired new, rich, saturated colors that resemble a rainbow game made of precious stones."

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