All paintings by M. Vrubel are created in a mysterious and fabulous atmosphere. Especially his Demons… In 1891 M. Vrubel painted 30 illustrations for the new jubilee edition of the works of the Russian poet M. Yu. Lermontov. Most of the illustrations are devoted to Lomontov’s poem “The Demon”. The first sketch of the painting titled “Demon Sitting” was drawn in 1890, it is stored in the same place as the original – in the State Tretyakov Gallery.
And the picture itself was painted in Moscow in the house of S. Mamontov. The plot of this picture was created by Vrubel after he read “The Demon” by Lermontov. After he painted this picture, the artist wrote such words about his work: “The demon is not so much an evil spirit as it is suffering and sorrowful, but at the same time domineering and stately”. At all times, the demon represented the image of the strength of the spirit of man, his inner struggle and doubts. The picture of the demon represents the seated sad demon who tragically joined his hands. His eyes are very sad, they look into the distance, they are surrounded by invisible flowers. The demon sits alone in the middle of the mountains, enveloped in a scarlet sunset. Looking at this picture, it creates the feeling that the artist had caught one of his Demons and put him in a frame. The picture is painted in an individual style typical of this artist, in which there are effects of crystal faces, therefore this picture looks more like a panel or a stained-glass window.
Such an effect the artist was able to achieve through the use of flat strokes with a palette knife. “Demon sitting” the most famous of the Demons Vrubel. In 1899, He painted the painting “The Demon Flying,” in which he depicted the Demon as the lord of the world. And from 1901 to 1902 M. Vrubel was finishing his last work – “The Demon Fallen”, in which the Demon was on the verge of death. Surely, the demons depicted by the artist took the life of Vrubel himself? This is only an assumption, but looking at these pictures carefully, you will understand that they are not more mysterious in the whole world.