Description of the picture:
Nesmeyana Tsarevna – Victor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov. 1916-1926. Canvas, oil. Two hundred sixty two x 190
If you look closely, crowds of the curious, looking into the royal chambers and heartily laughing at jokes of buffoons and buffoons, are visible to the right of the windows. The central character of the picture is Princess Nesmeyana herself. He sits on a dais, as befits a royal daughter, on a white throne with a small bench for legs.
A feature of the canvas is the multi-shape and versatility of the composition. The arrangement of the characters is such that the gaze of the viewer gradually glides from the figures of famously dancing buffoons in the foreground to the image of a corpulent witch-grandmother and an old doctor with inscriptions in the lower right corner. The central part of the left half of the picture is occupied by images of boyars in their throaty hats and bowing to the west ambassadors in the Versailles bow. But this is not all the characters of this voluminous picture. The film uses a plot from Russian fairy tales about the beautiful princess, who inspired fear for her parents in her health, as she never laughed, nothing pleased her. Whatever the king-father did, the girl did not react in any way either to the fun, or to medicines, or to witchcraft potions. The canvas just depicts such a moment – a crowd of different people is trying in every way to entertain the yearning princess. The compositional center of the painting – the figure of the princess in a snow-white dress with embroidery with gold thread along the hem – is specially shifted up and to the right to accommodate as many figures as possible.
She is immensely tired of this universal fun and attention, her gaze is turned deep into herself, her hair is loose, with her left hand the princess props her head decorated with a luxurious precious crown. Perhaps the reason for Nesmeyana’s sadness is her imprisonment in her father’s palace and the complete submission of his will – this is hinted at by gloomy dark faces depicted on the capitals of the columns in the background of the picture.
This rich in color canvas combines two large tonal accents – the princess’s white dress and the scarlet buffalo shirt.