Description of the painting by Nicholas Roerich "Snow Maiden"

Description of the painting by Nicholas Roerich

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Nicholas Roerich often made sketches for various productions, which successfully took place not only in Russia, but also abroad.

The artist approached the creation of scenery very responsibly and worked on each drawing for a long time. He believed that the viewer studied his sketches in detail and even once wrote a refutation in the newspaper for the unsuccessful work of artisans on his masterpiece.

In 1920, the artist began work on the design of a new production of Rimsky-Korsakov. This reading of “The Snow Maiden” was different from previous productions. We needed completely different characters and an innovative approach to the art of drama. More attention was paid to the influence of other states and peoples throughout Russia.

The artist, in the image of a snow maiden, showed that this character belongs to Russian folklore, antiquity and traditions. This girl seemed to come out of a fairy tale, a completely different world, not like the classic Russian fables. For that time, the image was simply revolutionary and even incomprehensible to many. The image resembles an old Russian icon.

Creating this work, the artist studied many folklore works, traditions and rituals. The production was a fantastic success, and the elements of the heroine’s clothes went into fashion of that time.

Roerich created a new era and a completely original style. The girl’s costume is painted in mysterious circles and curl. Such an ornament resembles the coat of arms of Siberia. This image does not look like anyone else, vivid and memorable. Snegurochka personifies the whole of Russia as a whole.

The artist fully embodied in the design all the ideas of Rimsky-Korsakov. Their views on the production coincided, and the worldview was the same. The performances were successfully held in many countries, and only then the work was provided to the Russian audience.

A new reading of Snegurochka caused a great deal of disagreement among critics and today causes a lot of controversy.

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