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“Demon Downed” is a 1901 painting, painted on canvas with oil.
The demon is cast down into the gorge. His arms and body became helpless, his wings spread. The demon is surrounded by wings like a bonfire. They sparkle and shimmer. The artist’s thought here was eternity and imperishability of the peacock. Not only the beauty of this bird attracted the artist.
The background of the picture is a mountainous area at sunset. The main character turned out to be constrained and squeezed. The picture turned out in the style of Vrubel, with the execution of crystalline faces. The artist performed such facets thanks to flat brush strokes made with a palette knife.
In the work on the canvas, Vrubel added bronze powder to the paint. This gave him shine. But over time, this powder darkened, and now the picture does not look like it was then. Then the canvas did not look like the best works of Vrubel. This work lacked shades and saturation, transitions from one color to another. Due to the technique that Vrubel used in this work, the canvas is not so much an artistic meaning. This work embodies the idea of a person falling, burning his character.
Before this work, before the defeated demon, he was strong and strong (seated). But now his hands have become powerless, they are twisted. Around the demon is dark darkness. The picture is dominated by gold, blue, blue, purple and pink - these are Vrubel's favorite colors.
Most likely, the idea of the artist was the idea of the impossibility of defeating the demon, of his pride. But in the end, a broken and defeated demon turned out to be weak in its execution.
Vrubel could not realize his idea, he got a broken image, weak and crazy.
Vrubel began to write The Demon Defeated in 1901, at the same time that other demons were at work. Finished work the same year. In December, this work was exhibited at the exhibition as unfinished. Now the picture is in the State Tretyakov Gallery.
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