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Description of the painting by Karl Bryullov “The Bakhchisarai Fountain”


The great Russian artist Karl Bryullov was a big fan of Pushkin's genius. Grieving over the death of the poet, the artist regretted that he could not capture it during his lifetime. Having visited many times in Crimea, Bryullov chose the famous Bakhchisarai fountain for a monument to a departed genius. Work on the picture, which began a few years after the death of Pushkin, was carried out for a very long time - almost eleven years. There are many sketches and sketches for the Bakhchisarai fountain in Bryullov's diaries and albums. In 1849, the Bakhchisaray fountain was acquired by the Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna. Now the watercolor painting is stored in the Moscow Museum of A.S. Pushkin.

By itself, the fountain on the territory of the khan's palace in Bakhchisarai by that time had long been overgrown with legends and traditions. It was built next to the mausoleum of one of the concubines of the Khan Kym-Gerey

The fountain in the picture is almost invisible. In fact, abandoning the topic of confrontation between the wives of the khan sung by Pushkin, the artist portrays women enjoying life - they luxuriously recline in the shade of a tree, enjoying sweet fruits. Magnificent silk clothes emphasize the carelessness, serene existence of concubines. Reminders of involuntary detention here are guards, silent, standing in the corners. However, they only protect the fun, the concubines do not pay any attention to them, they are passionate about the fun and pleasures of life. Bryullov masterfully depicted the serene, romantic life of oriental beauties.





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