nikolaevich kramskoi

  Christ in the Wilderness, 1872, oil on canvas, by Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoy, Russian, 1837-1887. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

 Almost no other painting shows such utter desolation, abandonment and loneliness. The only spot of hope is the pink tint in the sky on the horizon.

  Kramskoy was a painter, etcher, sculptor and lithographer and taught painting to members of the Russian royal family.