Ilya Glazunov. The Market of our Democracy.
1999. Oil on canvas. 300 х 600.
“The Market of our Democracy” reflects the thoughts of millions of our fellow countrymen now living in the post-Soviet era, and if one can compare “The Destruction of the Church on Easter Eve” with the epic creations of the Russian school of painting, then in this work we feel the pain and anger of the artist, our contemporary, who with unflinching courage has brought together on one canvas the entire nightmare of the turbulent late twentieth century. But despite everything, there is a shining ray of hope and faith in Russia’s approaching renaissance.
I heard a voice. It called, consoling,
It said to me: "Come hither, now.
Abandon your forsaken, sinful land,
Abandon Russia, leave forever.
And from your hands I'll wash the blood,
I'll draw the black shame from your heart,
And with a new name I will cloak
The wounds of misery and loss."
But I, dispassionate and calm,
Concealed my ears beneath my hands,
To hinder this unworthy speech
From soiling my mournful soul.