The painting by Vasily Polenov is one of a series of canvases dedicated to the life of Jesus Christ. The series was created over several years, from 1884 to 1909. Russian paintings of that time show great interest in the history of the Gospel.
Looking at the picture, we see Christ sitting on the rocks near the lake of Gennesaret. He does not preach, as in other pictures, he just sits, his gaze is fixed into the distance. The artist managed to portray Christ more humane, somehow real, which is devoid of the imprint of God. The character is dressed in simple clothes, more like a shepherd. Someone may say that here Jesus is more like a traveler who is tired, sat down to rest a little, and not to God. As disciples, Polenov posed his students – Korovin KA and Levitan I. I.
This work is characterized by translucent fresh tones, it is characterized by an unusual for that time purity of composition. In order to portray an episode of the Gospel, Polenov traveled twice to Palestine, Syria and Egypt. During the trips a large number of etudes were written.
The first version Polenov wrote in 1890. The work that is stored in the Saratov Radischevsky Museum is one of the best repetitions of the painting “Dreams”.
There are several options for the painting “Dreams”. Today, all the paintings of “Dreams” by Vasily Polenov are stored on the territory of the Russian Federation (in Saratov, Moscow, St. Petersburg). The version, which is stored in Saratov, has a special brevity of the whole composition, the freshness of colors, peace of mind.