“What a expanse”, Ilya Efimovich Repin – overview of the painting

“What a expanse”, Ilya Efimovich Repin – overview of the painting
“What a expanse”, Ilya Efimovich Repin - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Ilya Efimovich Repin
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1903

Overview of the painting :

What a space – Ilya Efimovich Repin. 1903. Oil on canvas. 179 x 284.5 cm

   One of the most controversial works of Ilya Repin is the picture “What a scope!”. And the contradiction here lies in relation to the public to the canvas: the artist succumbed to a fleeting mood, creating a picturesque emotional plot, but critics broke out with a battle, accusing Repin of frivolous following Western impressionists, or even saw some revolutionary allegories in his work. The society complained – the artist who created the monumental Burlakov, Ivan the Terrible, became interested in some romantic dates.

   Meanwhile, the work is devoid of subtexts and hidden meanings. The painting was written on the estate of a painter – in the “Penates”. The main characters are a girl and a student, taken by surprise by a sudden storm. The author masterfully conveyed the raging of waves that are spilled with white crests, drawing the muddy green waters of the sea.

   But where is the fright from the raging element? Where is the alarm? She is not there! The girl bent under powerful gusts of wind, diligently holding her hat, ready to get off her head, but she smiles at the odor. And the young man opened the floors of his tire, spread his hands towards the elements, turning his head to his companion. He rejoices, he is free! Perhaps he recites some verses, or maybe something highly paired with his mouth.

   The technique of the painter here is really close to the impressionist, however, such an uneven smear only contributed to the realism. Few argue that in the image of the sea, Repin is quite worthy of the most famous Marinist Aivazovsky. The texture, character, dynamics – the elements are very emotional and true. The stronger the impression of the reaction of brave young people to her.

   A critic Stasov, who saw in his work the mighty power of Russian youth, ready to confront and meet with a smile all the hardships and possible troubles, drew a line to all the gossip about the hidden meanings of the picture.