This canvas, many critics refer to the most mystical period of creativity of Mikhail Vrubel. The beauty and really mysticism is fascinating. The night is near, the moon is visible. But horses graze on the poppy field, and next to them is a shepherd. But it is he who fascinates.
Only the back is visible, the face is not visible and this makes you wonder: who is in front of us? Given that Vrubel all the time portrays the demons, the mystical birds, you can imagine who herding horses. Well, yes, all the same Pan. The poppy field to the waist hides the animals and the unusual shepherd, and the night does not give a good look at the characters. But it seems that the artist himself lights the lamp and sketches them quickly so that they do not disappear quickly. But they can, it’s mystical persona.
But Pan, for example, disappears, but the horse is not there – they just change color: from red they will become red. And again they will become simple animals, and not companions of someone extraordinary.
Vrubel remarkably subtly notes the connection of nature with the mystical world and gives it a more extensive concept than our simple understanding of a myth or a fairy tale. He seems to make us understand that our two worlds – the real and the mystical – are near, you just have to look at some things, or go to the shepherds in the field. And at dusk, at first it will seem to you that these are people like people, and by the night… Behind their stories, for profits and fables, you start to forget who you are talking to and what you are listening to. You find yourself in some other world, but at the same time you understand that everything is still in the field, and the horses are nearby. That is probably what the Master wanted to convey. And it seems he succeeded.
You never know what we see in the night… But then, as an adult, there will be something to remember and tell our children and grandchildren. Yes, but they certainly will think that these are all fairy tales.