Ukrainian hut, Ilya Efimovich Repin – overview of the painting

Ukrainian hut, Ilya Efimovich Repin – overview of the painting
Ukrainian hut, Ilya Efimovich Repin - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Ilya Efimovich Repin
  • Museum: Museum of Russian Art, Kiev
  • Year: 1880

Overview of the painting :

Ukrainian hut – Ilya Efimovich Repin. 1880. Oil on canvas. 34 x 52 cm
   The painting “Ukrainian Hut” takes its history, oddly enough, in Abramtsevo – once historian Nikolai Kostomarov, who visited Mamontov, read a letter from the Zaporizhzhya Cossacks addressed to the Turkish Sultan. Repin immediately attracted a mischievous plot.

   In order to penetrate the national character as deeply as possible, in 1880 Repin, together with his beloved student Serov, went to Ukraine. This work turned out there.

   On the canvas we see the traditional hut of the Ukrainian farm – mazanka. The oiled white walls, which in the sun seem yellowish, hold a large straw roof, but with windows can boast very small, and not in large numbers.

   The courtyard is exactly covered with a green grass blanket, on the left you can see a poultry. Of the vegetation, there are only three thin-barreled birch trees, and some agricultural building is looking in the background, possibly a barn, also covered with a lush straw roof.

   Repin created many sketches in Ukraine, trying to grab every little thing. That was what should have helped him convey the national spirit in his main picture dedicated to Ukraine. It is known that local professor D. helped Repin. AND. Yavornitsky, providing the artist with his collection of weapons and household items. But local life and nature habitually noticed the attentive gaze of the painter.