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Description of the painting by Viktor Vasnetsov “Oleg's farewell to the horse”

Description of the painting by Viktor Vasnetsov “Oleg's farewell to the horse”


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The creator of artistic masterpieces in folklore and historical genre is the painter V. M. Vasnetsov. Many will recognize the work of this Russian artist from the illustrations he saw in childhood for fairy tales and poems.

“Oleg's Farewell to the Horse” is a watercolor work for Pushkin’s poem. In this work, a long legend about Prince Oleg is told in rhymed form. The hero, according to the tradition of those times, turned to the sorcerer and he gave the strong warrior death from his own horse. The owner of the faithful horse decided to part with his constant companion in order to avoid death. He ordered to take care of the animal: bathe, drink with clean water and feed the best grain. Then the prince said goodbye to his native land and, taking another horse, went to conquer other open spaces.

Returning after a long journey, he inquired about the abandoned old horse. He was informed of the death of the animal. Oleg wished to see the remains of a deceased loyal friend. Seeing them in the ground, the hero grinned at the death that had beenfall him. But then a snake creeped out of the horse’s skull and stung the man mortally. Whether it is fiction or fiction, it is impossible to prove. However, ancient legends that have come down to us continue to captivate imagination and inspire many artists.

Vasnetsov in the picture of 1899 depicted the moment when Oleg, a tall strong man in steel armor, clung his head to the white horse. There is a bitter farewell between bound souls. A person standing nearby holds the reins, intending to quickly lead the dangerous animal away. The face of the prince is stern and determined.

The background for the canvas is the Russian steppe with the tops of fir trees and a cloudy sky. The color is very diverse: in the spirit of folk craftsmen, the picture abounds with traditional patterns and scarlet colors.

“Farewell, my comrade,” the poet wrote in a poem. So the soul feels this replica in the silent canvas of the artist Vasnetsov.





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