Russian artist, who declared his work to the whole world, Ilya Glazunov is a mysterious and contradictory figure. His works are about Russia and for Russia, they are concocted from collages, they tell about the past, speak about the present and look to the future prophetically.
Glazunov noticed the beauty of the surrounding world in motley colors, he was interested in the characters of little-known and famous – poets and writers. With particular admiration, the painter spoke about Fyodor Dostoevsky: he dedicated to the work “The Brothers Karamazov” large paintings in a triptych called “The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor”.
“Calvary” 1983 – the name of the central part of the triptych. To the left and to the right of her are not less interesting works that deserve special attention: “The Grand Inquisitor” and “Night”.
Cloth “Golgotha” is already one name tells the extensive history of the Christian world. The execution on canvas of the moment of the godfathers of the Savior of each painter is unique and complemented by his own understanding of what is happening.
Christ of Glazunov is sad, alone. Big eyes are full of world tribulation. Scarlet blood meekly rolls over the noble face of the martyr. The huge pillars of the cross divide the picture into pieces, revealing behind the sight of a disturbing sky and a flock of uncomplicated birds.
The sadness of the artist’s character is contagious and seems unbearable. Contrasting red and blue colors form the basis of the canvas. The yellowish skin of Jesus is like the light of the sunset sky on the horizon.
Ilya Glazunov worked for the revival of the self-consciousness of his native nation. The great traditions of true and incorruptible Orthodox spirituality, lost in the modern world, need to be resurrected. The canvases of the creator devoted to society are hurrying to help in this noble cause. Let the critics are not always satisfied with the technique of execution, but it is impossible to deny the importance of Glazunov’s paintings as catalysts for positive changes in society.