Art and Faith

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Konstantin Vasiliev. A Shrine. 1971

A Shrine (Konstantin Vasiliev, 1971)

If this had been painted in tsarist times or in the period following 1991, it would have probably been titled Holy Saturday. However, it was 1971, soon after the end of the Khrushchyov persecutions. This is another very highly-charged piece made more effective by the play of light and darkness and the generally-sombre palette. It is the sun rising, yes, but, it is also the symbol of a new day in Russia, one that Vasiliev did not live to see.

Konstantin Vasiliev. A Parade in 1941. 1972

A Parade in 1941 (Konstantin Vasiliev, 1972)

This is a depiction of an actual event, the parade in Red Square on 7 November 1941 commemorating the 24th anniversary of the October Revolution (yes, kids, 25 October is also 7 November… it’s too long to explain, just accept it). The troops went straight from the parade to the battle-front, which was all too close to the city. Need I say that the good guys won and the fascists were thrown back from Moscow?

Technically, the parade is shown from the vantgage point of St Basil Cathredral, looking over the statue of Minin and Pozharsky, an unusual angle. Again, Vasiliev opts to use a muted palette, which I think heightens the impact of the image.

Konstantin Vasiliev. The Tears of Yaroslavna. 1973

The Tears of Yaroslavna (Konstantin Vasiliev, 1973)

Konstantin Vasiliev. Forest Gothic. 1973

Filed under: fine art,landscape/nature,Russian,Soviet period — 01varvara @ 00.00

Forest Gothic (Konstatntin Vasiliev, 1973)

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