In the mid-1890s, Vrubel received an order for a series of works for the cabinet in the Gothic style. The customer was one of the representatives of the famous Morozov dynasty.
The panel “Flight of Faust and Mephistopheles”, which is based on a medieval legend, also enters the work cycle. The canvas combines Gothic pointed spiers, baroque folds, modern and Vrubel understanding of space.
Art Nouveau is expressed in planar stylization and transfer of space. The flight scene is especially accurately conveyed. Here is an amazing perspective, and the complexity of the angle.
Night. A pair of shaggy horses rushes over a small medieval city. Manes fluttering in the wind. Mephistopheles sits astride a blond maned horse. He triumphantly turned to face Faust. Faust's face is completely impassive and impenetrable. He sits in profile to the viewer, clutching the mane of the horse. You cannot understand what he is thinking at that moment.
The whole picture rises impressionist strokes from the lower right corner. Here is the thistle, Faust’s cloak, which has just unhooked from the burdock, the toe of the boot falls here and indicates the sword hidden in the folds of clothes. All these contacts are brought exactly to the horizon, to the line of the eye of the viewer. Mephistopheles looks not only at Faust, but also into this corner, where he can meet his eyes with a real observer.
The Vrubel accuracy to details makes a truly witnessed event out of a fantastic picture. Many lines that must be continuous are only indicated by a dotted line.
In the foreground of the canvas, the artist depicted huge thistle bushes. From this, a mystical scene from a medieval legend acquires a kind of sinister realism.
In general, the work is usual for Vrubel, an artist who never dwells on one genre.
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