Understanding the avant-garde is sometimes even more difficult than the surrealists, and a great variety of interpretations of their work can be found, and you will never tell who is right in it. What did the artist want to say? Did he rely on biblical texts? Did he laugh at something, or, on the contrary, was deeply serious, creating his own picture?
Unanswered questions that no one else has to ask.
The Englishman in Moscow was created in 1914, on the threshold of all conceivable revolutions and wars that shook Russia and turned it inside out. He rushes up vertically, the center of his composition, its support is the cross. A fish and a saber, a saber and a candle are being turned around. The crosses form the letters "t", the cross can be seen by looking at the figure of a person, which serves as a background for the ordinary, typed, it seems, without any logic of things.
No less important are light and darkness fighting in the picture for supremacy. The face of the Englishman is plunged into darkness. Pure rays of light pour out from behind the head of the fish.
The objects in the picture seem matched without any sense - a candle. Shining white fish. Saber. Wooden spoon - futurists wore such spoons in their buttonholes, going to the evening promenade, with the intention of shocking foreigners. Stairs. Inkwell. Scarlet Arrow. Sign of a shop or store.
You can look for deep symbolism in them, you can look easier - everything was mixed up in the picture, as in the head of a person who first arrived in a big city. A Cossack passed by with a saber - and now, the image of the saber is already spinning in his head, does not want to retreat. It smells of fish, appetizingly, alluringly from the shop window - and now, there is a white fish. Someone on a high staircase paints a wall or renews a sign - and the staircase also remains inside.
Moscow is leaning, a wooden spoon in the buttonhole of an oncoming passer-by attracts the eye. A strange sign is remembered. Head is spinning.
However, it may be that the candle symbolizes the internal burning, without which there is no need to live.
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