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Why painters of a lilac are faithful? A lilac in gardens and in pictures

Why painters of a lilac are faithful?

Because shades will be enough for everyone.

If are young you if you are in love -

the lilac pinkish pays you in warmth.

of Marin Yershov


Is the ancient Greek myth about the nymph Siringe who, escaping from god Pang, understood that to escape it will not turn out, and turned into a bush. The disappointed Pang made a sweet pipe of this bush and called it siringy. Called also a bush which was pleasant to ancient Greeks in the fine flowers.

General information

the Lilac (Syringa Vulgaris) - the close relative of olives. The wild-growing lilac adjoins to olives across all territory of the former Persia, present Iran and Turkey. For many years these countries were considered as the lilac homeland therefore bushes with magnificent terry inflorescences in popular speech nicknamed “ Persian “.

In modern Europe a lilac appeared in 1562 when the Austrian ambassador at the Turkish sultan von Busbekius for the first time brought its bushes from Constantinople to Vienna. In 1601 the bush reached Paris, and in 1640 and to the British Isles.

From spicy May whiffs

Ya it is sweet - with pleasure became tipsy!

Ya osirenet from a lilac!

Having forgotten a heap of urgent affairs,

Breda where - and itself I do not know...

I Trudge aimlessly, at random...

But without mistake I get Pryamekhonko`s

to the next garden.

And there - such revelry spring!

Such orgy of flowers!

Ya osirenet from a lilac!

Ya the whole world is ready to embrace!

I am carried by a stream spring,

Where - me, the right, all the same!

Ya osirenet from a lilac!

Ya I drink greedily its wine!

Be not so foggy, people!

Hey, human race - exult and sing! Let`s everyday life forget


Let`s go in lilac hard drinking!

And everything became closer to me around,

I everything is in love with me here! I fallen in love by

I - everything that I see!

the Lilac - magic wine!

(“ Spring in Munich “ Boris Yefimov)

Among North American garden plants the lilac appeared only in 1821 though attempts became earlier, but bushes first did not get accustomed.

In Russia began to part a lilac with the end of the 18th century, but it was widely adopted in the second half of the 19th century. Eminent noble families began to buy the French grades fashionable at that time created by the scientist - the biologist Victor Lemuan and his son Emil. Also called this refined bush originally not a lilac, and “ " chenille;. You remember at F. I. Tyutchev: “ To Wander idle and without the purpose and inadvertently, on the fly, nabrest on fresh spirit of the chenille or on light dream “. The lilac is imprinted in Vrubel, Polenov, Maximov, Konchalovsky`s many pictures. (Century. Dadykin, “ Gold branch of a lilac “ " magazine; Science and life “) .

the Lilac in painting

I Think, our readers also know Vrubel, Polenov and Konchalovsky`s pictures. But the lilac was written and write many painters with extraordinary enthusiasm. To me in soul one such sirenelyubivy artist - the florist here sank down. With dates of life at it it is not clear: I looked and found literally the following: Raoul de Longpre (1843 - 1911) was born in 1859. That it did from 43 to 59 year - is not told. But maybe, he in 59 was born as the artist? It was written further that he was born, studied and lived in France, but at this the well known American still life artist.

For a bigger confusion it has a brother - too the remarkable artist, too the florist, and too American, and call him Paul De Longpre (1855 - 1911).

It seems that brothers as twins at Mark Twain, were not sure which of them who: On several occasions paintings that bear Raoul’s signature have been ascribed, by experts, to Paul. Art critics tried to be defined somehow, but there is no clarity - some pictures are attributed Raoul, Paul’s de Longpre.

But anyway pictures are good. Though (though - it means that in principle it is a shortcoming) and are similar to photos. But hardly the artist of the 19th century could suspect that the mankind will invent the color photo and “ photorealism “ as special such genre of painting.

In general the lilac in pictures is good everyone and in all genres, but the best results turn out in extreme cases - or when all florets are written out in the smallest details so there is a wish to look " there; happy cinquefoils “ or when it is represented in the form of a lilac cloud. Better than Mandelstam you will not tell:


The artist to us represented

the Deep faint of a lilac

I of paints sonorous steps

On a canvas as put scabs.

He understood oils density, -

its baked summer

is warmed by the Lilac brain,

Expanded in closeness.

And a shadow - that, a shadow all lilovy,

the Whistle or a switch as the match goes out. You will tell

: cooks in kitchen

Prepare fat pigeons.

It is guessed kachel, Nedomalevana`s

of a veil,

I in this gloomy disorder

Already manages a bumblebee.