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“Hermit”, Mikhail Vasilyevich Nesterov - description of the painting

“Hermit”, Mikhail Vasilyevich Nesterov - description of the painting

Hermit - Mikhail Vasilyevich Nesterov. 142.8 x 125 cm

In the painting "Hermit" M.V. He is wearing rather light clothes, he is shod in bast shoes, on his head is a hat that looks like a monastic camille. In one hand he holds a rosary, and the other rests on a makeshift staff.

It's late autumn. A lone, ragged Christmas tree wretchedly stumbled upon the shore. And although there are still flashes of green among the stale grass, snow is already in some places. The mountain ash, which has not yet lost its red berries, looks into the picture and enlivens the landscape a little. Not frozen, but such motionless cold water gleams gloomily behind the old man's back.

On the other side of the lake, the landscape is also not pleasing to the eye, only spruces turn green occasionally, and in the distance the forest darkens. Perhaps this is where the old man’s deserts are located. He went for a walk to enjoy the calm autumn day. The state of wilting nature is close to his soul, he is also in this season and perceives it calmly and with humility. Nothing worldly disturbs him. He forgave all his wrongdoers and himself received forgiveness. Now in his soul there is peace and quiet.

This old man lived a long life - his hair turned gray, his back was bent, he barely moves his legs. But bodily diseases do not bother him at all. He looks inside himself with wise eyes and feels not only unity with this quiet, deserted place, but also unity with the main creature to which he aspires - with God. The Hermit smiles - he is well now.

He is still on the ground, his body casts a shadow, which he tramples, walking along the path. And this 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 "The Hermit" is painted in dull muted tones. This is in accordance with the artist’s idea and creates an atmosphere of spirituality and peace.


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