“Pustynnik”, Mikhail Vasilievich Nesterov – overview of the painting

“Pustynnik”, Mikhail Vasilievich Nesterov – overview of the painting
"Pustynnik", Mikhail Vasilievich Nesterov - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Mikhail Vasilievich Nesterov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1889

Overview of the painting :

Desert – Mikhail Vasilievich Nesterov. Oil on canvas. 142.8 x 125 cm

   In the picture “Pustynnik” M.AT. The Nester portrayed a man of advanced years, slowly wandering along the path near the lake. Most likely, he lives somewhere nearby – in the monastery or in the monastery. He has pretty light clothes on, he is wearing a paw, on his head a hat similar to a monastic camil. In one hand he holds rosary, and the other relies on a makeshift staff.

   It’s late autumn. A lonely, torn tree of the wretched stumbled on the shore. And although there are still gripping green among the terrible grass, snow is already lying in some places. Ryabina, who has not yet lost her red berries, looks into the picture and revitalizes the landscape a little. Not frozen, but such motionless cold water blames the old man behind him.

   On the other side of the lake, the landscape also does not please the eye, only occasionally green spruce, and in the distance the forest darkens. Perhaps it is there that the deserts of the old man are located. He went for a walk to admire the windless autumn day. The state of the withering of nature is close to his soul, he is also in this order and perceives it calmly and with humility. Nothing worldly worries him anymore. He forgave all his offenders and received forgiveness himself. Now in his soul peace and quiet.

   This elder lived his long life – his hair turned gray, his back bent down, he barely moves his legs. But bodily diseases do not bother him at all. He looks wisely inside himself and feels not only unity with this quiet deserted place, but also unity with the main being to which he aspires – with God. The desert smiles – he is well now.

   While he is on the ground, his body casts a shadow that he tramples, walking along the path. And it is symbolic. After all, he is a monk, and constantly fights with his flesh. And in the feat of fierce struggle, holiness is born.

   The painting “Pustynnik” is written in dim muffled tones. This corresponds to the idea of the artist and creates an atmosphere of spirituality and peace.