Description of the painting Mikaloyus Čiurlionis "Sonata of the Sun"

Description of the painting Mikaloyus Čiurlionis

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The first sonata of Mikalojus Čiurlionis is drawn on paper using tempera. The atmosphere of mysticism, magic and miracles overwhelms the picture, along with the balance of all its elements.

The sun is the dominant element of the picture. It is unusual that on the canvas there are a large number of suns of different sizes, then distant, then close to the viewer. The sun as the main symbol adorns the two arches leading to the magical building. The bluish-purple building occupies most of the picture and sets the rhythm for the whole atmosphere of bliss and magic. The volume of a seemingly flat figure gives the transition of shades from air to more saturated ones. In the upper part of the castle you can see vertical stripes, symbolizing the direction of the sun's rays or a special fence protecting the magic castle. The background of the castle consists of shades of ocher, shimmering in blue and lilac.

The predominance of orange shades at the top of the picture gives warmth to the whole work of art. It is impossible not to distinguish the originality of the contrast of the warm shades of ocher paired with a cold blue color.

The upper left corner of the picture is perceived as its farthest part. In it we can notice a hint of a mysterious island, on which is located the same castle with an arch, sanctified by the great sun.

The island is made in orange and lilac colors, so it seems that the sun completely enveloped it, illuminating it with shades of sunset. Above this island you can see a curved line in shape resembling a flying gull. The bird is one of the largest elements of the picture, giving the overall image liveliness, realism and even more magic.

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