The decorative panel “Philosophy” was created by Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel in 1899.
The panel conveys an allegorical scene, which depicts a girl. Her naked body is covered with a bronze-colored fabric, showing bare breasts. The girl’s red hair is very long and rolls in smooth waves over the bare shoulder below the belt.
Under her bare feet stretches a green lawn with dandelions. Right near her foot is a small mirror in an openwork metal frame.
On the right side of her legs in the duplicate of an old destroyed tree sits a light owl. On the top of this high stump lies the palm of the girl’s left hand, behind which grows a sturdy new stump, covered with green foliage.
On the right side of the girl, behind her back extends a garden of young and strong trees.
In the center of the background, over the head of the girl, the artist depicted a huge moon, which seemed to float out of the foliage tops of the trees. The sky is cloudless sand color.
In his works, Vrubel prefers to use diagonals, smooth curved lines, the flow of the free rhythm of the elements of the picture.
In his “Philosophy” the artist presents a definite plan for the suppression of the search for the next century and today. The panel is almost monochrome, with graphic sophistication and a fascinating form of ornaments containing metaphors.
The connection of the artist’s personality with that era is saturated with complexity and versatility, unlike his contemporaries.
Each painting, watercolor, ceramics or decorative panel is richly sparkling with the purity of beauty and aesthetics of colors. Attracting the views of the audience, his creations make us think about the symbolism of images.
Today, the decorative panel “Philosophy” by Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel is in the State Tretyakov Gallery in the city of Moscow.