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Vrubel's first attempts to create a work in the field of majolica began in the early 1890s. They were associated with a local ceramic workshop owned by the philanthropist S.I. Mamontov.
The artist’s first attempts were so successful that he soon managed to lead the workshop. The second half of the 1890s became the most significant period in the artist’s work. The creator begins to work closely with the famous technologist Vaulin, and discovers the technique of making restorative glaze.
In parallel with ceramics, the artist begins to get involved in theatrical works and get acquainted with the famous opera performer - N. I. Zabela. After some time, she becomes his wife. The artist begins to communicate more closely with the composer Rimsky-Korsakov and works on his opera works. All this prompts the artist to produce compositions in the Russian folk genre - Lel, spring-red, Snegurochka, Sadko and others.
The artist begins work on a series of small majolica sculptures, under the images of Russian fairy-tale characters from the works of Rimsky-Korsakovo. Thanks to the decreased inspiration, the artist already in 1900 receives a gold award at the Paris World Exhibition for copies from the Abramtsevo workshop.
The judges liked the tender and trembling spring very much. The facial features of a fairy-tale character guess the face of his beloved wife - Hope. Spring, as in Russian fairy tales, is depicted as a young, attractive and cheerful woman.
Thanks to the enormous possibilities of majolica, the artist depicted the smooth shape and shape, as well as the play of color highlights. All this helped to create a truly fabulous look (and even more than one) of the fabulous beauty of spring.
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