Russian fairy tales. Journey with the artist Konstantin Prusov

Константин Прусов
Russian fairy tales. Journey with the artist Konstantin Prusov

Marfa and a waxwing

A waxwing Styopa brought Marfa news. Of course she will not reveal her secret. But one thing is clear – the beauty is obviously happy, Styopa brought good news.

Look at her golden hair, heavy face features. Fairy tale! And what painted headscarf she has: its contrast shades draw attention to Marfa.

There is a cozy panorama of Russian village behind her back: modest houses sheltered in the hills by the river and in the distance – a wooden church looking at the surroundings. Beautiful!

I'll tell you the secret – I painted Marfa inspired by Mona Lisa and Vladimir Mother of God.

The beauty quickly estimated my concept and gladly posed for me. «My portrait will remain for centuries, – Marfa thought, – if only the artist could become famous during his lifetime».

Marfa and a waxwing. 2020. Canvas, oil. 100x80 cm

At the samovar

The golden samovar rules a tea party – it looks as if the sun is visiting the room. It is standing on the painted tablecloth which is turned into a precious pattern by the artist's brush.

And what a dress a beautiful girl is wearing – such dresses are worn in fairy tales! Its bright floral ornament protects its owner from evil spirits.

A clumsy young man in blue bloomers obviously makes the beautiful girl happy, she loves observing him and asking unexpected questions.

And it seems that scene is depicted by a child or a peasant who paints stoves in the houses because it is too kind and naive.

At the samovar. 2011. Canvas, oil. 90x75 cm

Exposition fragments. Personal exhibition «Shrovetide». Siberian Art Space, Novosibirsk. 2020

Entry of Christ into Jerusalem

It's very fascinating to regard objects in the hut. Some of them have folk pictures inside: humorous and wise.

Here is Christ or maybe an elder? I look into his eyes and see the Universe…Have I ever thought about this in those fabulous days? Maybe this painting stores more knowledge than contemporary scientific papers do?

I think it was painted by a child: with such love he depicted the sage entering the house as though he met his own father.

Entry of Christ into Jerusalem. 2011. Canvas, oil. 95x80 cm