by Ilya Danshin, 2006
This oil on canvas titled “Requiem” truly captivates your heart and your soul. Roman Catholics hold a requiem mass for the repose of the souls of the dead. It’s part of their religion and is a very solemn thing. This sunset painting shows us a unique sight, one that’s full of hope. You can see the sky overhead filled with clouds as the sun sets in the distance. The color of the sky transforms and gets darker as the sunlight disappears. A tall tree stands firm and strong in the middle of the wide road, telling us that we need to remain steadfast and look forward to the future. Groups of people walking towards the sunlight, couldn’t there be a more beautiful view?