Last week, we showcased hunting paintings. This week, the theme is “Russian clergy”. The paintings shall come from various eras, and shall basically be portraits, not “human studies” (you painters out there know the difference!).
In the Russian church, the deacon has always played a larger role than his counterparts in the western confessions. The deacon intones the litanies, reads the Gospel, and plays a major role in the liturgy (especially when a hierarch serves). Often, he is chosen for his vocal abilities. In Russia, the deacon is often chosen for such service if he has a powerful and well-projected bass voice. This is one of the “signature” sounds of the Russian liturgy, the interplay between the basso intonations of the deacon and the sound of a well-trained choir singing the responses in harmony. Even unbelievers attest to the beauty of this combination.
Let all catechumens depart! All catechumens depart! Let no catechumen remain! Let us, the faithful, again and again, in peace, pray unto the Lord! (the deacon’s exclamation at end of the Litany for the Cathecumens)
The rural-themed late Soviet neo-Impressionist art of Sergei and Aleksei Tkachyov is paired with a popular Soviet-era song Alyosha (that is the diminutive of Aleksei in Russian). The mood of the song fits this art, I would say.
Leonid Baranov is a contemporary Russian folk artist. I am sorry that I was unable to find a photograph, or any other information aside from the scant details pasted below. Nevertheless, I think that you would agree that his work is comparable to that of Grandma Moses, which means that it is very good, indeed.
Mr Baranov should not be confused with a prominent contemporary Russian sculptor of the same name, Leonid Baranov (1943-). Why, I may showcase the second Mr Baranov’s art next week as he is one of the best sculptors in modern Russia. In addition, the commander of the Baikonur cosmodrome is also named Leonid Baranov (the original Mr Baranov must have gotten around quite a bit, I would say!)!
“Leonid Baranov is an artist from the city of Yekaterinburg who [depicts] modern life in the Russian village. The heroes of his works look like real people from the Russian countryside. He never became famous or rich, and he prefers to drink a lot of vodka, as [he is] a real Russian, and doesn’t care much about missing fame. Still, I find something attractive in his pictures”.