Виктор Низовцев is a Russian painter, a master of whimsical and narrative art. Subjects include fantasy landscapes, Russian folklore, theatre and mermaids. I’ve been on the hunt for Nizovtsev’s mermaids for a while now, and in total I have found 9 of them on the internet. I know there are more. He does them so well, and with such care, I imagine his studio overrun with them. I love the calm beauty of his mermaids, relaxing in pools of lanterns, or sleeping at the bottom of the sea. Their fishtails are magnificent, with gold coinlike scales that practically shimmer on the canvas.
“Sleeping mermaids provoke a very deep response from the viewer. I believe this is because humans have always wanted to possess some magic power from the surrounding animal world, like large feathery wings that would allow them to fly or a scaly tail to propel them through the water like a fish. My mermaid seems surprisingly human because she is peacefully resting after a long day. Her face is peaceful, her dreams tranquil, her body’s position radiates calm and happiness. The painting captures these feelings.”
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