ALEXANDER POGREBINSKY FINE ART
And Pilate said, "What is the truth?"
And Jesus said, "Truth is the God who knows.
It is the changeless
one. The Holy Breath is truth; she changes not and cannot pass away."On the foreground the figure of Christ and immediately behind him Pilate. They are still in meditation. Further behind them there are three figures. They are:
Hope, Love and Faith.
This is the way to find the Truth. Another figure in the black robe represents falsehood and evil, which is always present in human life. The left side of the canvas is the world before Christ. In that world there has always been a quest for truth. Thinking of Egypt we can mention HermesTrismegistus, Greece - Pythagoras,
The right portion of the canvas represents the world after Christ in which a human quest for truth continues. Chain-like shapes in the painting are to suggest the Past Present and Future, everything is interconnected.
"What is The Truth", oil on canvas, 66" x 109",168 cm x 277 cm.
oil on canvas, 60" x 72", 153cm. x 183cm.
Exhibited at Salon D'Automne, annual international art show, Paris France
In 2000 Pogrebinsky visited Paris, where he was inspired by the magnificent marble courtyards of the Louvre Museum. The Marley Courtyard of the Louvre, in which Pogrebinsky took photographs in the preparation of the work, shines with warm soft marble and old exquisite sculptures of the renaissance. Bringing back with him the inspiration of the light and color of the Louvre, Pogrebinsky began working on the painting later next year. After the first show in Paris Pogrebinsky thought that the painting was not fully finished to his satisfaction and he continued to work on the painting. It’s almost ascetic in its essence – a young woman sits calmly on a marble bench that sits upon a marble floor. But it is always difficult to arrive to such simplicity. This is a mark of a work of great art that we see such simplicity come through the luminous array of light – as if the world is drenched in light, and things are not created out of solid material objects, but it is a beautiful idea created out of the light.
In purely technical terms there is no doubt over the artist’s mastery of the work. The cloth, the small shadows, the reflective nature of the floor, the delicacy of the sandals, and the overall harmony with which the work is presented is truly phenomenal. The brush strokes are so unnoticed that many will take the clarity of the work as some production by other, perhaps more advanced means. But the closer the observer comes to study the actual lines of the brushes, and the tones used, does one understand with what quality and patience Le Louvre has been composed.
Everything in the painting is done in a realistic manner but in such a technique which takes you away from purely materialistic perception. The mind and the spirit come to play the main role.
The light, which is probably the main structure in the painting, weaves and permeates all the objects and details in the canvas.
You already can perceive the marble floor but it is still in a transitional stage and will never become fully materialized because the light density has already reached its potential in the main goal: a young person, beautiful lady and her support the marble bench came to existence in a soft and distinctively visible form.
Nothing more, no unnecessary casual, random details, nothing more is needed to add to the concept of the painting. In such seemingly simple way the beauty came to the light as a manifestation of the divine spirit.
It’s isn’t by accident that Pogrebinsky gave it such an obvious name. The Louvre stands in the center of Europe, in one of the most intellectual and artistic centers of the world. Since the late sixteenth century the Louvre had already been noticed as a supreme collector of beautiful and mystical world art. By the late eighteenth century it, already, collected some of the only works of the greatest Dutch and Flemish artists, as well as broad collections of Renaissance painting, Greek sculpture, and Egyptian art. Since 1848, though, the Louvre became a public museum and breathtaking leaps into the world of thought and emotion where open to everyone. Thus, over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as it expanded and grew, the Louvre became a collection of more then just human creation – it became the collection of human
creative spirit, the artistic spirit of all humanity throughout the ages. Le Louvre isn’t merely the name of a great painting – it is a symbol for what humanity is most capable of.
Le Louvre is perhaps one of those rare works that leap over the foundations on what was once a style and stands as a symbol of something new and timeless. It isn’t exceptional merely as a pure example of impeccable technique, an abandonment of post-modern arrangement, and the total embrace of a new kind of visual harmony – but it also stands as a new change in the course of artistic style in the Western world, as a prime example of the forces of Philosophical Realism; the harmony of style and colors, minimalism of material, and the focus on the infinite complexity of light and color
oil on canvas (1988), 69” x 80”, 172cm. x 200cm.
oil on canvas, 1997, 46” x 42” (117cm x 107cm)