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The artist’s creativity is multifaceted, and the paintings became known from illustrations for Russian folk tales. Vasnetsov's painting "Alyonushka" was painted by him in 1881. It is as if saturated with the lyric image of a girl from the famous fairy tale “Sister Alyonushka and her brother Ivanushka”. With a yearning gaze and tired of looking for her brother, Alyonushka sits on a large stone by the pond with his head on his knees. Around the dense and dark forest induces gloomy thoughts on the viewer. Sad solitude, enhanced by images of nature, trees, clouds above the heroine’s head, speaks of some kind of grief.
The dark forest surrounded her from all sides and does not want to let her out of captivity. Alyonushka’s tears fall right into the pond. What did the author want to say? Rather, warn of the danger that happened or may happen to Ivanushka. Barefoot, with disheveled hair on her head, in an old and faded gray sundress, Alyonushka is full of thoughts about her brother.
Suddenly, the baba-yaga of her brother turned into a kid. Vasnetsov wonderful described the landscape of this picture, which interacts with his heroine. Nothing distracts the viewer from the heroine of the picture. At the same time, every detail emphasizes the depth of the essence of the picture, which provides a rich ground for thought.
It seems that Alyonushka finds solace at the pond. It seems to dissolve in this beauty of the artist’s colors and becomes itself a part of this landscape. Wounded legs, the humility of the heroine mesmerizes and attracts the viewer to her pure girlish image.
The picture can be called differently - a girl by the lake. She hopes for a miracle that is about to emerge from the depths of the water. I even feel sorry for Alyonushka. The compassion and empathy of the viewer of the main character becomes almost the main goal for the author.