“The Best Friend of Man,” Repin – overview

“The Best Friend of Man,” Repin – overview
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  • Posted by Ilya Efimovich Repin
  • Museum: Private collection
  • Year: 1908

Overview of the painting :

The best friend of man is Ilya Efimovich Repin. 1908. Oil on canvas. 97 x 126 cm
   Almost the entire area of the picture is occupied by the image of a large dog with hanging ears and an open mouth from which the pink language hangs. According to the image, it immediately becomes clear that the dog is very hot, wet and lounged in the sand, because the matter is happening on the seashore.

   In addition to the dog, the picture is absolutely empty, only coastal sand and a tide line with distant waves of the sea serve as the background. With these mean, but very expressive methods, the artist tells us a whole story – the owner with his beloved dog on a hot summer day went swimming on the seashore. It’s hot for a big dog to shred, he’s tired, having swam into the sea. His fluffy fur is wet, making him look like a teddy toy.

   Every detail of the picture is written with great love for this dog. The dog has expressive eyes that look at us from the canvas with touching devotion. The picture seems more contrasting and bright due to the saturated color of the dog’s coat – it is clumsy, with dark top fur and light, cream paws and tail.

   Having captured his favorite animal on canvas, Repin forever retained his sense of dog in it, making this love eternal. The name of the picture is also talking about a special attitude to the dog – the best friend of a person.