Art and Faith

Monday, 10 November 2008

Ilya Glazunov. The Roads of War. 1957/1985


The Roads of War

Ilya Glazunov


This was originally painted as Glazunov’s graduation piece from the art academy. To say that it caused a stir is an understatement. This painting is a brutally-realistic picture of war, it is not idealised in any way, shape, or form, it is not “positive” (mistrust anyone who uses that word, it is one of the worst weasel-words, it is devoid of intrinsic meaning, and can be distorted in any one of dozens of different ways). It was rejected categorically. In  1964, he exhibited the work at the Manezh exhibition hall, and the authorities confiscated the canvas and destroyed it. In the mid-80s, he redid the piece.


Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Boris Kustodiev. The Blessing of the Waters on Epiphany. 1921

The Blessing of the Waters on Epiphany

Boris Kustodiev



Since we had Epiphany recently, I was searching for an appropriate art work to illustrate the feast. This work by Kustodiev fills the bill in more ways than one. If anything, this work reveals the deep Orthodox roots of the Russian culture. If one puts an axe to that, one destroys the source of the entire edifice. Something to think about…


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