Behind the Trees
OIL ON CANVAS. ORIGINAL SIZE 57x71 in

  • The problem of avarice that can cloud an authentic worldview is touched upon in an older painting called El Dorado.
  • This painting is an allusion to the theme of hunter and prey, reflected in the well-known expression "can't see the forest for the trees."

Amid the excitement of pursuit, the hunter is oblivious to everything and his head is full of thoughts of his future trophy – the deer. This supposed prey blinds his mind and shifts his perception of universal values. He is incapable of noticing how beautiful the world around him is, how in the flashing remains of the day a deer is part of that world and of nature worth admiring.

As in many other works of Vladimir Kush, the scene is set in two domains: the earthly space – the realm of instincts – and the higher realm, the realm of heaven, of reason (or is it sense?), where the proud head of a deer is visible. Perhaps the hunter will reach a moment of enlightenment that enables him to see the forest beyond the trees.