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Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov: Alyonushka  wikidata:Q4063783 
creator QS:P170,Q204138
Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov: Alyonushka
Russian: «Алёнушка»
title QS:P1476,ru:"Алёнушка"
label QS:Len,"Alenushka"
label QS:Lde,"Aljonuschka"
Object type painting
Not targeting a specific theme or event, Vasnetsov managed to portray in his picture the soul of Russian fairy tale, akin to quiet Mid-Russian nature. The image of Alyonushka, painted with a peasant girl as the model, conveys the suffering of a meek, lonely orphan, abandoned by everybody, who is present in many a tale. She spends an eternity sitting on a white stone, as if turned into stone with suffering, her eyes a mirror of unspoken despair. The girl's eyes pull you in like a whirlpool. The deep dark water, with a shimmering transparent reflection, is pulling at Alyonushka like a magnet. The girl's figure seems to have been put together using naturally occurring shapes, dying evening colours and foliage patterns, to project a distilled inward-turned sadness of autumn nature, which takes care to conceal and safeguard the heroine. Nature consoles her like a mother consoles her baby. Landscape motifs are suggested by poetical folklore images, for example the swallows that are gathered on a twig above Alyonushka's head as good message bringers, while the fluttering aspens are a symbol of bad luck.
Date 1881
date QS:P571,+1881-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
Medium oil on canvas
medium QS:P186,Q296955;P186,Q4259259,P518,Q861259
Dimensions 221 × 173 cm (87 × 68.1 ″)
institution QS:P195,Q183334
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Source/Photographer Tretyakov Gallery
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current11:24, 4 January 2018Thumbnail for version as of 11:24, 4 January 20181,440 × 2,048 (2.61 MB)Alonso de Mendozabrillo
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13:31, 8 July 2005Thumbnail for version as of 13:31, 8 July 20051,253 × 1,792 (770 KB)Alex BakharevViktor Vasnetsov. Alenushka. Category:Wiktor Michajlowitsch Wassnezow {{PD-art}}
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