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The demon defeated is Mikhail Vrubel. 139x387
The Vrubel demiad is an exceptional phenomenon in art. Some tend to see in this interest the irreversible onset of mental illness that hit the author at the end of his life. But the majority is inclined to believe that the author was not interested in Evil itself, but in the unbridled pursuit of freedom and the defense of her convictions.
The artist created several sketches for the defeated demon. Having found the necessary composition, the artist several times redid the picture in search of color and light. When the work was almost ready, the master again rewrote the work.
Today we have two different author versions of one plot. If the early demon is a young man full of unearthly charm, whose unhappy facial expression makes the viewer sympathize and empathize with the defeated rebel. The late demon, if defeated, is not submissive.
Both fallen angels are devoid of wings; the path for them to heaven is closed forever. Sumptuous feathers wallow in disarray, and the wings themselves suddenly petrified.
The first of the demons lies with a humble and detached face. The second one burns with a look of determination to continue the struggle.
It is known that while working on the Defeated Demon, the artist was distinguished by irritability and inactivity. The mood of his work was transmitted to the author and, possibly, provoked an exacerbation of the disease.