Christ and the sinner (Who is without sin?), B. D. Polenov, 1888
- Author: Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov
- Museum: Russian Museum
- Year: 1888
Overview of the painting :
Christ and the sinner (Who is without sin?) – Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov. 1888. Oil on canvas. 325×611
One of the topics of the picturesque heritage of Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov is his evangelical plots. The second half of the 19th century posed a number of questions for a person related to spiritual search and a new understanding of religious knowledge. After writing in 1837-1857 A. AND. The following generation of artists (to which the Polenov belonged) rethought the Holy Scriptures in their own way by the monumental canvas “The Appearance of Christ to the People”. In many ways, the book of E became their pillar. Renana “The Life of Jesus,” where the Savior appeared in the form of an ordinary person not endowed with a divine halo.
The image of the Polenov Christ in a historically real setting and clothes was innovative for his time. For the artist, the evangelical plot was an occasion to show Christ as a humanist opposing the Ewer dogmatism of fanatics (by law, convicted of treason, wives were stoned, and Christ, tempted by the people to blame the woman, saying: “Who without sin, throw a stone at her!”and the crowd broke.
Having made numerous trips to the countries of the Middle East, Polenov performed more than one hundred and fifty natural sketches and sketches for the picture. A long stay in the solar countries enriched him with a palette of bright colors, which surprised the audience, accustomed to the dark painting of the mates. It is necessary to pay attention to the compositional solution of the canvas – a multi-figure action unfolds as if against the background of a theater ass. This feeling is no coincidence, the artist worked a lot in the theater and was one of the initiators of the reform of theater and decoration art that took place on the stage of the Mammoth Private Opera, with which he was connected by many years of friendship. It is curious that Polenov finished his picture in the house of the patron.