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The artist conceived a grand triptych in America. Three parts were to enter into it: hell, heaven and purgatory. The canvas "Hell" inhabits a lot of characters. If you count, then about 80 heroes are recruited.
With all of them, the artist must have encountered in reality. The composition here is in the form of a pyramid. Blue shapes with sharp corners resemble bizarre blocks of ice. They all strive up. This peak is unattainable.
Immediately beneath them is a plain yellow earth. She cracked from the sun. But it consists of the heads of people. Below you can see the white tents and the funeral scene. All these images could be photographed by a person who has his back to us. It is located on the "layer" of pink. It is a part of the "universe." Against a blue background, you can see children walking with a lively head. This pyramid of hell has a foundation. This is the space of the sea, which is overpopulated by various organisms.
Chelishchev had an incredible passion for everything ugly. That's why he creates so many characters that not only surprise, but also a little shock the audience. You can find a huge number of characters that affect ugliness. The artist did not forget to depict himself. In the left corner you can see how he paints another picture.
This creation allows us to imagine surrealism in its mystical perception. Chelishchev invested in this creation a huge number of different meanings. Moreover, one who perceives what is depicted on the canvas constantly reveals yet another hidden subtext.
The viewer is given the impression that the artist inserts into the picture those meanings that he could see with his extra eye. Such a panoramic and deep perception of the world is beyond the reach of a simple person. This is a kind of Bosch reality. But Chelishchev’s world is even more terrible.