Description of the painting by Victor Vasnetsov “Bayan”

Description of the painting by Victor Vasnetsov “Bayan”

Description of the painting by Victor Vasnetsov Bayan

One of the last masterpieces of the artist, who worked on in an alarming situation – at this time, the time of the “Balkan Wars”, where the descendants of the Vasnetsov warriors-Slavs fought against each other, it became obvious that Russia would soon have a big war. Hence the plot and multicolor, disturbing color combinations of the picture palette. Sunset twilight, Russian warriors are moving out of the woods on the field, where, obviously, in the morning they will have a decisive battle.

Decisive – because otherwise the prince would not take with him a young heir: judging by the children’s shirt (without fasteners!), Seen from under the “adult” caftan, the son of the leader of Russian soldiers is about seven years old, in which the child is only in Russia In exceptional cases, it was transferred from under the care of the mother to the upbringing of the father. Yes, everything in the picture speaks of the upcoming decisive battle – clean clothes of the Prince and his two, apparently, the governor, anxiety on their faces, combat, and not the ceremonial armament of the soldiers who all arrive. Adds anxiety and skillfully “caught” by the artist the wind (the storyteller’s beard develops, the clothes of frozen listeners), and Vasnetsov’s masterfully laid on the landscape of the passing day.

The picture, executed in red-gray tones – despite the fact that almost all of its characters, except those placed not in the center of the canvas of Bayan, are static – thanks to these colors, they cry about the imminent danger, anxiety and decisiveness with which the Russian battle awaits tomorrow people. But not everything is so gloomy, a symbol of life – a few green twigs on the side of the hill protected from the wind – are meant to give the viewer hope.

A bold composite solution (innovative for those years), the placement of the hero of the picture, of Bayan himself, inspiring the warriors, almost in the right corner, allows us to see determination, replacing anxiety, on the faces of the warriors in the foreground. The very same storyteller, keeper of people’s memory, a wise adviser and a poet (all these qualities are attributed to the bayans by the Russian epic tradition) are laid out of the last strength. It would seem – why?! After all, his function before the fight, usually, only to encourage the squad, to give advice to the prince. But, apparently, in the morning a truly fateful battle awaits – and Bayan clearly reminds the audience about the resilience of the Russian Land, perhaps also the tragic defeats, after which these Russian soldiers, now listening to him, continued the hopeless, seemingly battle. and turned the rout in the final victory. allows us to see determination, replacing anxiety, on the faces of the warriors in the foreground.

The very same storyteller, keeper of people’s memory, a wise adviser and a poet (all these qualities are attributed to the bayans by the Russian epic tradition) are laid out of the last strength. It would seem – why?! After all, his function before the fight, usually, only to encourage the squad, to give advice to the prince. But, apparently, in the morning a truly fateful battle awaits – and Bayan clearly reminds the audience about the resilience of the Russian Land, perhaps also the tragic defeats, after which these Russian soldiers, now listening to him, continued the hopeless, seemingly battle. and turned the rout in the final victory. allows us to see determination, replacing anxiety, on the faces of the warriors in the foreground.

The very same storyteller, keeper of people’s memory, a wise adviser and a poet (all these qualities are attributed to the bayans by the Russian epic tradition) are laid out of the last strength. It would seem – why?! After all, his function before the fight, usually, only to encourage the squad, to give advice to the prince. But, apparently, in the morning a truly fateful battle awaits – and Bayan clearly reminds the audience about the resilience of the Russian Land, perhaps also the tragic defeats, after which these Russian soldiers, now listening to him, continued the hopeless, seemingly battle. and turned the rout in the final victory. a wise adviser and a poet (all these qualities are attributed to bayans by the Russian epic tradition) are laid out of their last strength. It would seem – why?! After all, his function before the fight, usually, only to encourage the squad, to give advice to the prince.

But, apparently, in the morning a truly fateful battle awaits – and Bayan clearly reminds the audience about the resilience of the Russian Land, perhaps also the tragic defeats, after which these Russian soldiers, now listening to him, continued the hopeless, seemingly battle. and turned the rout in the final victory. a wise adviser and a poet (all these qualities are attributed to bayans by the Russian epic tradition) are laid out of their last strength. It would seem – why?! After all, his function before the fight, usually, only to encourage the squad, to give advice to the prince. But, apparently, in the morning a truly fateful battle awaits – and Bayan clearly reminds the audience about the resilience of the Russian Land, perhaps also the tragic defeats, after which these Russian soldiers, now listening to him, continued the hopeless, seemingly battle. and turned the rout in the final victory.


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