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Odysseus and Navzikaya, Serov, 1910

Odysseus and Navzikaya, Serov, 1910

Odysseus and Navzikaya - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov. 83.5x101.5

Proudly rides Nawzikai on a mule-drawn cart. Everything in the picture speaks of a certain decline, fatigue, sadness. Mules instead of horses, Navzikaya instead of a hero, handmaids instead of warriors, a deserted seashore instead of enthusiastic crowds of citizens.

The sky takes up two-thirds of the work. Intricate clouds take the form of Olympic gods and heroes. With irony, they observe what is happening.

Despondent and subdued, Odysseus tired of wandering. Doomed he goes towards the next test. The princess alone is proud and solemn. She rules her mules like horses.

The author chooses a deliberately pale colorful palette. Discoloring what is happening, depriving him of temperament and energy. The predominant white color peaks in the clouds. The blue color in the work emphasizes the lifelessness and decorativeness of the plot. The time of gods and heroes is over. The time has come for imitations and reconstructions.


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