Prayer service on arable land for the granting of rain - Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov. 1877
The dried-up, exhausted nurse-land, on which even weeds cannot grow, yearned for rain, and the exhausted, tormented by hunger and foreboding of the coming catastrophe, the peasants turned to the last intercessor - the Lord God. They can only rely on his mercy, and therefore on the arable land an ancient rite of praying for God is being performed. It existed long before the advent of Christianity, therefore it is especially close and understandable to ordinary people closest to the earth.
In the picture, a special panoramic technique was deliberately used, when the canvas is stretched out very long - this gives the impression of a very vast territory. The color is gloomy, to match the event - there will be no rain, there will be no harvest, so the mood is absolutely not celebratory. Even the clergy with crosses and banners does not look festive at all, as usual. Priests seem to be a single dark mass with peasants. Against the general dark, gray-brown, olive background, only single specks look bright spots of light - a white veil on a portable altar, towel towels embroidered with red threads, and a national outfit of a young woman who is saddened at looking at kneeling old men.
The background of these unfortunate, desperate people is the same land tired of drought - cracked, with miserable dried-up remains of vegetation. But rare clouds are visible in heaven - maybe God still hears prayers?