One of the most famous and widely replicated paintings of Perov’s hand. This genre scene, like never before, perfectly shows a huge hole in society between clergy and ordinary mortals. But even among mere mortals there is a hierarchy. Perov portrayed exactly this on this canvas.
A fat, unpleasant priest sits at the table before us. He really died from the works of his righteous and therefore sat down at the table to drink some tea. But as a sin, a disabled soldier with a very young boy approached the table. He came for a reason, and beg for a pretty penny. But the holy father does not even pay attention to the request of the soldier with the boy, he, turning his face away from them, continues to slurp tea.
But the servant reacted correctly, the girl began to dare the beggar from the table.
Say, do not bother to enjoy the joys of the day to this holy father. And behind their other nuns, she also drinks tea, but only standing. He is still not supposed to drank teas at the table to sip yes to chew all this for free. That's how they will raise the dignity then, and the soul will unfold. Then hold on ...
Perov caused this scandal in the community. This is not just a canvas, it is a rebellion - an artistic rebellion against the church. True, the artist never said that all priests are such, but noted that for the most part they behave just like that. He asks the viewer: where is the justice? Where is the mercy of the church and the immediate help to the wretched? Such priests are not capable of such a feat. They are guided by mortal sins - vanity, enrichment.
The holy fathers of such a well-fed formation have completely forgotten mercy and love for their neighbor. That's what the artist cried out about. It was this injustice that he showed - gaudily, without embellishment. And I must say that pretty daring for that time.
Painting by Flora Rembrandt