Duel Onegina and Lensky, Ilya Efimovich Repin
- Posted by Ilya Efimovich Repin
- Museum: All-Russian Museum A. WITH. Pushkin, St. Petersburg
- Year: 1899
Overview of the painting :
Duel Onegina with Lensky – Ilya Efimovich Repin. 1899. Watercolor, white. 29.3 x 39.3 cm
Ilya Repin addressed the topic of duel repeatedly in his work. The author experienced the first triumph in this plot back in 1896, when the Duel work was presented to the foreign public in Venice.
Duel Onegina and Lensky is one of the climaxes of the novel in verses A. Pushkin “Eugene Onegin”. It is not surprising that this dramatic misanzine was attractive to artists, especially since the author of the novel himself shared the unenviable fate of Lensky years later.
The presented work is distinguished by the emotionality and accuracy of images – the diagonal construction of the composition gives a sense of tragedy, and the proud stubborn postures of the heroes clearly indicate that the duelists are determined to complete the matter.
Critics do not tire of admiring Repin for his tremendous contribution to domestic art, versatility of creativity, depth of problems and filigree development of images, however, and they note a certain decrease in the quality of painting to the sunset of the master. However, the author himself was rarely happy with his latest work.
An attentive viewer will notice some sketch in the image of the characters, especially in the character on the long plane – we clearly see the outlined contours of the figure. Although all these features can be attributed to the technique unusual for the master – watercolors and whitewashed.
The painting was written by Repin, which is called “for the soul.”. It is another confirmation of the huge thematic and technical range of the brilliant Russian painter.