The cycle of paintings was created in 1903.
Ciurlionis was a science fiction painter. But the word most suitable for defining his painting is phantasmagoria. The artist creates a real cosmos in which sounds, colors and forms are intertwined in a bizarre way. There is simply no room for a man in him. That is why he depicts not people, but figures in stereotyped patterns.
In the world of the painter, soul and face are absent. Viewers do not see anything strange or unnatural in this. Phantasmagoria simply does not leave a person a place. And it is right.
In the first picture you can see the people who gathered at the gates of the city. Here stands the coffin. They are united in this grief. It seems that all inanimate objects came to life on the canvas. The whole city expresses condolences.
In the second picture in the foreground, the viewer sees the coffin. This is a very scary and strong chord, which seeks to appeal to the sun itself. The call did not go unanswered, so it gradually darkens.
In the third picture, a long string of people goes to a funeral. Čiurlionis portrays this event spectacularly. He skillfully uses bright colors. The colors are striking in their fullness.
In the images of the paintings of this cycle, the inimitable color of fading that the artist will develop in the future is already beginning to break through. Most likely, the bright colors of the first five paintings are precisely for his sake. This is necessary so that the finale chords are shaded much sharper. This will allow you to feel the piercing truth that death rules in life.
People wander into the cemetery. They seemed to go out. It becomes very clear that their fate is the same.
The death of one person can so stir up everyone only if they are focused on themselves. A person is valuable in his own eyes. A refined and deep life necessarily contrasts with the inevitable scary end.
Picture 9 Circles of Hell Dante