Monday, May 31, 2010

Michail Wrubel - Swan Carewna

Michail Wrubel (1856-1910) - Swan Carewna (1900)
Russia Stamp issued 1967
Tretyakov Gallery, Russia

This stamp depicts painting of the wife of this artist, Nedezhda Zabela - she was a famous opera singer in Moscow at the time when this painting was completed.  Vrubel was a key player in the Russian symbolist artistic movement. 

The artist gained some notoriety in future depictions of demons and spirits - this style is partially reflected in this stamp.  He suffered a nervous breakdown within a few years of completing the painting in 1900.

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