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Alyonushka - Victor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov. 173x121
Alyonushka, a sad girl at the pond, is one of V. Vasnetsov's favorite paintings. The artist successfully uses a fairy tale plot to reveal a complex and ambiguous Russian character.
The sadness of the girl is very adult. The sadness in her eyes borders on despair. Uncleaned red hair, dark eyes, delicately scarlet lips - form an easily readable image of a child with a difficult fate. In Alyonushka there is absolutely nothing fabulous, fantastic. Actually, all the fabulousness of the plot is emphasized by only one detail - a group of swallows sitting above the heroine's head. With this symbol (as you know, swallows symbolize hope), the artist balances the image of the heroine, full of melancholy, gives hope for a happy ending to the old Russian fairy tale.
Vasnetsov filled the background landscape with an atmosphere of silence and sadness. The artist successfully worked out the water surface of the pond, reeds, sedge, spruce. Everything is motionless, quiet, calm. Even the pond reflects the heroine very delicately, slightly. Young aspens tremble a little. The autumn sky is scarcely frowning. Dark, green tones of the landscape contrast with the blush on the heroine's face, and autumn sadness - with bright colors on Alyonushka's skirt. The viewer feels: another moment and the tale continues ...