Ilya Repin's Religious Procession in Kursk Province shows an Easter procession of Bright Week, a tradition of the Eastern Orthodox church.
|Repin --Study for Religious Procession|
Controversial in its day, the painting documents the range of Russian social strata moving together toward their common destiny while cruelly maintaining their differences.
According to David Jackson:
"At the right, burly peasants carry a platform holding the icon inside an elaborate neoclassical case; only gleams of light reflecting off the gold riza icon cover can be made out. Lines of peasants joining hands hold back the crowd, the foremost at the left trying to stop the crippled boy breaking through the cordon with his stick. Alongside ride peasant or priest stewards and officials and police in uniform, some of the latter beating back the crowd with their riding crops. Behind the icon follow priests and better-dressed people, carrying icons in front of their chest, and an "effete, dandified and bored priest" in vestments carefully straightens his hair."
Quote from the book The Wanderers and Critical Realism in Nineteenth Century Russian Painting