Belorus, Ilya Efimovich Repin, 1882
- Posted by Ilya Efimovich Repin
- Museum: Russian Museum
- Year: 1882
Overview of the painting :
Belorus – Ilya Efimovich Repin. 1882. Oil on canvas. 71.5 x 102 cm
In the Russian Empire, Belarusians are the most miserable and slaughtered people. Repin destroys this stereotype by creating a portrait of a Belarusian guy. Before us is a confident young man with a cautious, slightly shy smile on his face. The caftan is tied with a festive green cook, a pink shirt is visible under the caftan, clearly also intended for special occasions. Black, curly hair, blush on all cheeks, a bright mustache (undoubtedly, the object of pride of their owner). In the hero’s gaze there is so much naive curiosity, vitality, fun that the viewer becomes clear – in front of him, no doubt, a happy person.
Good-naturedness, dreamy, cheerful disposition – the very qualities that destroy the stereotype of the oblivion of Belarusian peasants to the ground.