“Preparing for the exam,” Repin – overview of the painting

“Preparing for the exam,” Repin – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Ilya Efimovich Repin
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1864

Overview of the painting :

Preparation for the exam – Ilya Efimovich Repin. 1864. Oil on canvas. 38 x 44.8 cm
   The presented picture is one of the very first works of the artist. She is full of undisguised mischief and frank humor. It is impossible not to notice that the picture is imbued with the spirit of students, being an honest story about preparing young people for the exam. And, of course, this is not what teachers want to see, but what is quite familiar and causes a smile for students.

   In the picture there is an “active” preparation for the exam – one young man sleeps on the bed, pressing a book to his chest, since the nap caught him while reading. The other, putting his sketch on the window, sends air kisses to the young lady opposite.

   The composition of the picture is a cross in the center of which is in love. He creates dynamics, being a model of a romantic hero. But this hero is somehow very touching and frivolous – not in vain Repin dressed him in a cap with a humorous broom. Everything in the setting says that the place of action is a student dormitory: a table, a shelf with books, modest furniture.

   Everything seems to be stopping the boys from getting ready for the test – the beauty in the window opposite, good sunny weather, not to mention frivolous age.

   It is believed that the picture depicts real personalities: Alexander and Alexey Shevtsov, brothers Vera, the future wife of the artist.

   Despite the humorous nature, the picture can be safely ranked young Repin as the first serious work, as evidenced by a thoughtful compositional building, realistic technique, harmonious color palette, as well as inner life, whole filling, which distinguish ordinary work from a masterpiece.

   The plot of this social picture itself was very close to the painter. At this time, Repin with the assistance of F. AND. Pryanishnikova was accepted as a free listener at the Academy of Arts, and all student weekdays he knew firsthand.