Bogoiavlesky Monastery

Bogoiavlesky-Monastery

Bogoiavlesky Monastery, 1991
Oil on canvas, 70×50

The figures in the bottom right corner of this painting stand in the shadows, perhaps unable to understand why and where they are. None of them follow the road that leads to the huge monastery inviting in the bright light of a blue sky…

Instead, the figures choose to linger in the shade.

Is this passive attitude of the men triggered by spiritual emptiness?

Fear?

Or a mere resignation to their situation?

Again in this painting, Kolyada shows his ability to load the immediately visible facts with ideas of a more universal nature. He implies much more than he states.

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