Icon meeting - Konstantin Apollonovich Savitsky. Oil on canvas 141 x 228 cm
Looking at the painting “Meetings of the Icon” by Russian realist artist Konstantin Savitsky, one cannot help but recall the more famous painting with a similar plot - Repin's “Religious procession in the Kursk province”.
Indeed, there are a lot of common features: a multi-figure composition, an image not of a faceless crowd, but the subtle mental characteristics of each hero, a variety of emotions in relation to the icon. But the differences between the paintings are also obvious. If Ilya Repin depicted a kind of estate cut, from local nobles to Kalik people, then only peasants became the heroes of Savitsky, but in all their diversity: men and women, old and old women, children who are passionately faithful and restrained in their emotions, speechless and unhurried impetuous and agile. A wide palette consisting of typical and lively images.
The crew stops on a wide, broken-up earthen road - this brought a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary. The holy face is accompanied by a representative of the clergy in a dark cassock. The local confessor is dressed more simply - there is neither a hatchet on his head, nor epitrache.
The peasant audience is all from a neighboring village - you can see in the distance on the right thatched roofs of houses. For residents, meeting the icon is a real event. That's why they poured onto the road, not allowing to get to the local church, in awe. The shrine is held by a servant boy. Pious old women rushed to the ground, almost reaching their heads to the ground in a deep bow, men behave more modestly - having downcast eyes and clasped hands, they silently look at the icon. Curiosity, surprise, and admiration are read simultaneously on the faces of children.
The cohort of people meeting the icon is not just poor peasants, but hundreds of hopes, hearts, thoughts, aspirations, requests addressed to the icon in the hope of a better happy life. This picture is an eloquent confirmation of the fact that it was no coincidence that Savitsky was called "Nekrasov in painting." So not a single painter was ill for the fate of the Russian peasants.