“Slavic Composers”, Repin – overview of the painting

“Slavic Composers”, Repin – overview of the painting
"Slavic Composers", Repin - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Ilya Efimovich Repin
  • Museum: Moscow State Conservatory
  • Year: 1872

Overview of the painting :

Slavic composers – Ilya Efimovich Repin. 1872. Oil on canvas. 198 x 393 cm
   The painting “Slavic Composers” was ordered from Ilya Repin A. AND. Powder workers, a famous Moscow entrepreneur. At first he asked Konstantin Makovsky, the emperor’s favorite portrait painter, but he demanded too much for work. Less eminent painters took on a large-scale canvas for 15 thousand. rubles, and the young Repin was ready to do this in just 1,500.

   The list of eminent composers that needed to be presented in the picture was compiled by Nikolai Rubinstein, relying solely on personal preferences, without forgetting to introduce himself and his brother into it.

   Basically, all the heroes were written from portraits, since they had not been alive for a long time, exceptions were only N. AND. Roman Korsakov, E. The cop and M. Balakirev.

   How Repin did not try to introduce his favorite musicians – a friend of M. Mussorgsky and A. Borodina, nothing came of it. The powder workers rejected the artist’s offer, calling the famous “bunchies” amateurs, although he complained that Rubinstein did not enter here P. Tchaikovsky.

   Who deserves (according to Rubinstein) the right to be on the canvas? In the center of the picture are, carried away by conversation, M. Glinka, N. Roman Korsakov, M. Balakirev and V. Odoevsky. Behind them sits on a chair A. Dargomizhsky, and at the piano, in the foreground, Rubinstein. And also I. Laskovsky, A. Verstovsky, A. Serov, A. Lviv. The group standing in the depths of the picture is B. Bortnyansky, P. Tournaments and A. Gurilyov.

   The rest of the composers are well-known representatives of the Czech Republic and Poland. Here the viewer will see F. Chopena, B. Sour cream, E. Direct Director, M. Oginsky, K. Lipinsky, S. Monushko, V. Goraka, K. Bendel.

   The monumental picture was ready to open the Slavyansk Bazaar restaurant and received flattering reviews. Still would! Within one canvas, Repin managed to collect the whole color of European music, while doing it logically, harmoniously and talentedly.