Oil painting Jesus Baptism has a characteristically rich and complex patterning. There are visual effects, each having symbolical interpretations. This painting began as an abstract work, but somehow became more, taking leading positions in the the pack of baptism of jesus art.
Upon his baptism in the River Jordan by John the Baptist, an angel descended to Jesus, in the form of a white dove. Should we shift our gaze to the topmost left of the abstract painting, we will see a hand stretched out to a white dove, a white body and two wings. Following that, Jesus heard a voice coming from far above him, telling Jesus “You are my son.” Jesus wandered in the desert for forty days following that and returned to Jerusalem on a Sunday, Palm Sunday and faced the passion and the crucifixion. The foreground of the oil painting is differing shades of red interspersed with black. Is this representative of the blood Jesus shed during the Passion and the Crucifixion? Or could it be John the Baptist’s beheading and the blood which flew from him? It actually does not matter. It could be one or the other or it could be both. Should we look carefully at the painting, we will find the purple head like shape, inserted into the green and when freed from the green, assumes a blue color, has a hole in place of his eye. This seems to signify blindness to the truth. Who is blind and who is truthful is open to debate.
The abstract painting mingles between soft and harsh strokes primarily in the black right side of the canvas. Despite the fate both were to suffer in the aftermath of the baptism, it is a happy and holy event. The red has not touched them yet, but the white dove has. Hence, this painting seems to tell viewers that even in events of great joy, that joy may be completely eradicated through sheer and senseless violence or, on a more realistic level, even in times of joy, sadness may be lying in wait for an opportunity to express itself, this time through abstract art.