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Peasant listens bandura (fol. 1 v.)

Taras Shevchenko. Peasant listens…

Taras Shevchenko. Peasant listens bandura. Selene and Endymion. Sketches. Pencil. [1846 – IV 1850]. Back of sheet 1 of album 1846 – 1850 № 109

Left – sketch that reminds picture "Blind" ("Slave"), executed in 1843. Right – sketch "Selene and Endymion". This story is taken from Greek mythology. Endymion – famous for his beauty young man, whom the gods gave with immortality and eternal youth perpetual sleep. Selene (Goddess of moon) love him rises each night in a cave on Mount Latmi to kiss the sleeping Endymion. In ancient Greece Endymion considered the personification of sleep, the genius of the night.

Outlines to the same sketch see number 109, 110 and a later version.

V. Ja. Tkachenko

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1962, vol. 8, № 108 (image), p. 41 (note).