Prayer service on the rain dashboard, Meat-eaters – overview of the painting
- Author: Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov
- Museum: National Museum, Warsaw
- Year: 1877
Overview of the painting :
Moleben on the rain dashboard – Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov. 1877
The dried, exhausted nurse land, on which even weeds cannot grow, yearned for rain, and exhausted, tortured by hunger and a premonition of the impending catastrophe, the peasants turned to the last intercessor – the Lord God. They can only rely on his mercy, and therefore an ancient rite of asking for rain from God is happening on therable land. It existed long before the advent of Christianity, therefore it is especially close and understandable to ordinary people who are closest to the earth.
A special panoramic technique was deliberately used in the picture, when the canvas is strongly extended along – this gives the impression of a very vast territory. The color is gloomy, under the event – there will be no rain, there will be no harvest, so the mood is completely unhealthy. Even the clergy with crosses and round-robes do not look festive at all, as usual. Priests seem like a single dark mass with peasants. Against the general dark, gray-brown, olive background, only single clusters look like bright spots of light – a white blanket on a portable altar embroidered with red threads of a towel-hand drive, and the national outfit of a young man is saddened by a knee-deeped elders.
The background of these unfortunate, desperate people is the same land tired of drought – cracked, with miserable dried remnants of vegetation. But rare clouds are visible in heaven – maybe God still hears prayers?