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Description of the painting by Nikolai Ge “Crucifixion”

Description of the painting by Nikolai Ge “Crucifixion”


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In fact, there are as many as two versions of the Crucifixion. The first version of the canvas was painted in 1892, and the second - two years later. Whatever it was, the first and second versions of the picture made the same impression on the viewer. Canvases induce depressing and hopeless emotions.

It is probably difficult to underestimate the hopelessness and complete despair of the last minutes of Christ’s life and his death, which is unbearably excruciating to everything else. Already do nothing when the body is nailed to the cross and hangs on it.

Paying attention to the face, one can see how the death throes distorted the face and a dying, painful cry came from the mouth. In this work, painting is full of expression and realistic expressiveness. As a basic technique, the master uses sharp contrasts and the play of light and shadow.

Notice how apparently one of the “executioners” is symbolically and indifferently depicted, that in the background, having completed his work, he simply went indifferently about his business. Christ on this canvas is not alone tormented, there were other unwanted people who shared his torment and his fate with him. A very scary sight.

In fact, like the fate of Christ, the fate of these two paintings was also no less dramatic, which changed hands, until one canvas settled in d'Orsay (Paris), and the second was auctioned to an unknown buyer. Once, a private collector suggested that the USSR Ministry of Culture buy this painting, but as soon as the refusal was received, the canvas disappeared again and so far, there is no information about its whereabouts.

The work, like the artist himself, was truly outstanding. Ge could in one work show an entire era and make him think about it, penetrating into the most secret corners of consciousness. The paintings reveal not only the positive aspects of life, but also its real, sometimes cruel angles, which were, are and will be in any era.





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