"The Golden Cockerel"- Fairy Tale- Pushkin- Rimsky-Korsakov- Drawing- Elena V. Baranoff




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Published on Mar 8, 2012

Inspired by the literary works of Washington Irving, Aleksandr Pushkin and opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian-American fine artist Elena Vladimir Baranoff created the whimsical characters of the fairy tale in her new contemporary work of art. The drawing served as a beginning for the creation of the painting.


All images of this artwork Copyright © by fine artist Elena V. Baranoff.

About the Painting

The fleeing echoes of the night vanish with the rise of the morning sun, as mighty King Dadon rides proudly toward the spellbound gates of the kingdom. Mysterious beauty, the Queen of Shamakha sits by his side. Her enchanting charms and gaze conquer hearts and souls, dramatically changing fates forever. Like a pearly vision of the skies, the wise astrologer appears before the ruler demanding the King's royal promise. The Queen is his hearts desire. Blazing, the magical Golden Rooster, perched high atop a spear, awaits his moment to proclaim justice.

The original composition The Golden Rooster came to life entirely from the imagination of fine artist Elena Vladimir Baranoff. The painting is centralized around the four main characters of the story and their dynamic relationships: the magical Golden Rooster, the mighty Ruler, the mysterious Queen of Shamakha, and the wise Astrologer. Painted in egg tempera on marble gesso panel, the work of art embodies the fantastical nature of the fairy tale story in a truly original vision of the artist.

A Bit of History

The story of The Golden Rooster takes its roots from Tales of the Alhambra, a collection of stories by American-British writer Washington Irving. Irving's magical tale, Legend of the Arabian Astrologer, written during the writer's time living in Granada, Spain at the historic Alhambra Palace, and later published in the United States and England in 1832, inspired Russian poet Aleksander Pushkin to write in verse The Tale of the Golden Cockerel in 1834.

The literary masterpiece served as the muse for composer Rimsky-Korsakov and librettist Belsky to create an opera based on Pushkin's poetry. The opera production first had its world premiere in 1909 in Moscow at the Solodovnikov Theater and the Bolshoi Theater. The London and Paris debuts followed in 1914 and in 1918 the opera opened to a captivated American audience at the Metropolitan Opera.

Inspired by the great works of Pushkin, Irving, and the opera of Rimsky-Korsakov, fine artist Elena Vladimir Baranoff created her very own vision of the mesmerizing tale of The Golden Rooster. It is a story of power, bewitching love, magic and a broken promise.

  • Category

  • Song

    • Scheherazade: The Young Prince And Princess (Edit)
  • Artist

    • Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Album

    • Point Classics: Essential Classics 13
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