1874, St Petersburg - 7, Kullu (India)

The Serpent Princess


  • tempera on cardboard. 50 х 39
  • Ж-1962

  • Donated in 1910 by MariaTenisheva, St Petersburg

One of the demonic motifs that fascinated artists in the middle of the 1900s. He was inspired by the little-known and evidently very ancient subject of half-men/half-serpents, which resembles a tortuous dream about the irresistible power of love. The phosphorescent paints, clouds racing across the sky and the flapping cape of the hero here are contrasted with hardened, lubok-esque "primitive" figures that convey the meaning of the scene, a scene full of "terrible charms and the murmurings of quiet horror".

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