Talented Artist Nikolay Zotov from the village of Fedoskino has painted and created this colorful box. It is based on the Pushkin's "Tale of a Fisherman and the Golden Fish".
In this tale the old fisherman caught the magic golden fish who promised to fulfill all his wishes. The fisherman was a simple-minded man who didn't want anything but his greedy wife forced him to ask the fish to fulfill more and more wishes.
This colorful lacquer miniature depicts the scene from a poem by Russia's famous poet Alexander Pushkin. In the center of the composition is the court of the old woman. She is now a high-born lady and the ruler of the land. At her palace a grand table is set. With numerous guards and ministers, she is screaming and yelling on her simpleton husband.
Go back, make your bow to the great fish.
I'll no more be a mighty Empress
But will rule over Sea and Ocean.
In the Deep I will make my stronghold
And the golden fish shall serve me
And swim back and forth on my errands.
So, the old man is taken out of the shiny palace by one of the guards. He now has to face the Golden Fish for the last time.
Again he went down to the ocean
And saw-a black storm had arisen:
Angry waves reared up to meet him,
All a-quake, all a-swirl, all a-roaring.
But he raised his voice and shouted,
And the golden fish came swimming:
"What is it, old man, come, tell me! "
With a low bow the old man made answer:
"Be gracious, Lord of Fishes!
What can I do with the woman?
The old fool will no longer be Empress,
She will rule over Sea and Ocean;
And have you yourself to serve her
And swim back and forth on her errands."
The golden fish said nothing;
With a flick of its tail in the water
It swam away, back to the deep sea.
And the grand finale: everything is back to square one!
The old man by the shore stood waiting
For a long time, but got no answer.
At last, he returned to his good-wife
And lo: There she sat on the threshold
Of their old hut of clay and wattle
And before her-the broken wash-trough.
This is another creation of the prominent artist Nikolay Zotov. He ranks as the one of the best contemporary Masters in Fedoskino, whose creations are displayed in each catalog on the Russian lacquer art. This artist has a peculiar style, and very often his boxes are originally shaped, that is why it is always easy to recognize his unique creations. This interesting installation has also a unique shape!
Like in most of his works, here the artist has created a multi-layered composition to get a three-dimensional effect.
The installation is constructed from paper-mache, sea shell and epoxy rosin, painted in oils. The work is signed with the artist's name.
In the end the fisherman's wife was punished by the magic golden fish.
The box depicts the recognizable moment from the tale when the Old Fisherman caught the Magic Golden Fish. The scene is painted in bright blue, red, orange and brown tempera paints. Gold is used to paint the golden fish, the sparkling horizon behind the fisherman's back, and to detail the ship painted in the background.