Baptism of Jesus has a characteristically rich and complex patterning. There are visual effects having symbolical interpretations. The painting began as an abstract work, but somehow became more, given the reachness the image reveals. Despite Jesus fate, baptism is a happy and holy event.
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 “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.
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. We may assume the black depicting Judas Iscariot who was a disciple and one of the original Twelve Disciples of Jesus Christ.
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.