“Inok”, Konstantin Savitsky – overview of the painting

“Inok”, Konstantin Savitsky – overview of the painting
"Inok", Konstantin Savitsky - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Konstantin Apollonovich Savitsky
  • Museum: Art Gallery. K.AND. Savitsky, Penza
  • Year: 1897

Overview of the painting :

Inok – Konstantin Apollonovich Savitsky. 1897. Oil on canvas. 89 x 68 cm

   It seems that the clerical work, but it seems not, the picture “Inok” Konstantin Savitsky surprises and encourages reflection.

   Most of the canvas is occupied by the mighty figure of a monk in black cass. Its elbow stands on a thick Bible, the brush of the right hand is wrapped in rosary, on the window you can notice the branches of the verba that point us to Palm Sunday, and behind the back the wall adorns an impressive cross. The usual setting in the cell, where the monk should rest.

   But is the hero of the canvas of Savitsky calm? All his become speaks of some unresolved issue, and his gaze reflects a whole range of emotions – fatigue, sullenness, thoughtfulness, disappointment …

   What the foreigner is thinking about? It is believed that his thoughts occupy heavy thoughts about the correctness of his chosen path. A handsome, healthy man devoted his life to serving God, and now all his days will pass within the walls of the monastery, but does his soul want this?

   It is known that as a sitter Savitsky invited a student of the Penza art school, who the artist headed until his death. Later, this young man will become an Socialist-Revolution and in the troubled times of the first Russian revolution will take up arms – he will shoot at the gendarme, the head of the Penza gendarme department. From this point of view, it is difficult to disagree that Savitsky found the exact type of person who does not agree with the surrounding conditions, torn by contradictions and is ready to fight for good. An ideal sitter for writing a foreigner with a rebellious, doubting soul.

   The picture is written mainly in dark colors. The color of the canvas includes black, gold, beige, brown. With particular care, the artist wrote out the elements-hint: a verba on the window (a hint on Palm Sunday), a bible under the elbow, a rosary clashed into the fist by a tense hand that speaks of the fury of resistance.

   In 2012, the Russian Orthodox Church gave instructions to Wikipedia (Russian version) to exclude several works by Konstantin Savitsky, including “Inok” from the site gallery as anti-clerical.