Painting and literature are often viewed as two different types of art, but the line between them is rather arbitrary. The classification dichotomy of the painting and the literature is associated with the traditional division of the arts and the prevailing aesthetic experience. In the second half of the 19th century, the writer and the artist worked in a single space of narrative and visual imagery. In this paper, the author analyzes the parallels between the paintings of Russian artist Vladimir Makovsky (1846—1920) and the texts of Russian writers of the 19th century. The research describes not only specific parallels of verbal and visual texts, but also analogs of rhetorical figures and visual tropes. The semantic content of many works by V. Makovsky is polysyllabic. A special role here belongs to metaphors, antitheses, hyperboles and comparisons. Paintings by V. Makovsky require an analytical approach from the viewer, reflection of the literary text. In this regard, the works of V. Makovsky literally "read" by the viewer.


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