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.

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