J Pavlikevitch (Russian, 20th Century )

The Interior of a Mosque

inscribed, dated and signed 'Stanboul 919/Pavl...' (lower left)
watercolour over pencil on paper
43.5 x 27 cm (17 x 10½ in)

The Interior of a Mosque primarily focuses on the solitary reflection of a man, his body leaning against a pillar in a prayer hall. Barefoot, his shoes placed alongside him, he stands with folded arms, closed eyes and appears to be deep in his own thoughts. To his right, a man bows in prayer whilst two other figures nearby, one half-standing and one kneeling, also offer their prayers towards the partially visible minbar, or pulpit, on the right-hand wall. In the background, a man is seen with his hands raised - his full-length robes may possibly identify him as the imam leading the prayer.