«Confession», Feigin, 1970

” Confession” (1970, 65×64,5 sm, pb.) is devoted to one of the most secret religious rites, the confession of sins. The two bright blue spots designate the bodies of people mingle on the white background. The white color is the divine, a symbol of light, purity and truth, and the color of purification from sins. Blue in the Christian tradition is the color of chastity and justice. The drawn black line coincides with the contour of the human figures. They form an ornate pattern, where black is the symbol of repentance and sin. The figures oppose each other: the left figure is straight like a pole, the right one is sitting in the blue armchair like an angel with the folded wings behind its back. There is a red orange framing between them.The background is of different colors by perimeter. In the upper part it is yellow, the color of treachery, jealousy, and lie. In some countries of Europe the doors of traitors were smeared with the yellow color. Judas and Cain are usually painted with yellow beards. From below there is an orange color, which sometimes considered like a symbol of faithlessness and voluptuousness. However it can be valued like a hint of creative activity. In some legends, the Muses were represented like the daughters of the sky and the earth, dressed in the costumes of orange color. To the right, there is a red color, associated with blood, fire and anger. Also this color is the color of life, strength and courage. To the left, there is a green color – the color of spring, new growth, joy and hope. This color often symbolizes continuity and immortality. It also points to the natural and super-natural connections.There are many enigmas in this work. The abstract decision of multiple layers does not provide concrete answers to questions, and only the symbolism of the fresh colors allows decipher the message of the painter. — N.Musyankova

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