Unexpected Visitors

Unexpected Visitors

Unexpected Visitors, Ilya Yefimovich Repin, Russia, 1882, 167.5cmx 160.5cm, oil painting, Tretyakov Gallery

The "Unexpected Visitors" was an oil painting created by the Russian realist master Repin in the late 19th century. The painter shaped the image of a revolutionary intellectual persecuted under the tyranny of the Tsar. After prolonged exile and hard labor, the revolutionaries suddenly returned.

Painter's painting talent in the work has been concentrated in the embodiment of each character on the screen are lifelike. The middle-aged man with a thin face and a mustache walked into the room, wearing a prison clothing. The maid at the door regarded him as a "stranger." Aged mother astonished to stand up from the couch, it seems to be rushed to embrace, but also move unmoved. With his wife and two children on the picture, the older boy looked up happily, his mouth half astonished as though shouting, and the younger child timidly looking Reading books move to strangers.

This picture was exhibited only after many twists and turns. In the first draft of "Unexpected Return," that revolutionary intellectual was a woman committing crimes. Later, according to the final version of his life, Repin transformed himself into a tortured middle-aged man with a beard, which he described as gaunt and thin. He was wearing a prison uniform that had not been replaced in time.

The oil painting is like a novel telling people how painful a revolutionary was after being exiled, how sad his family was, and how surprised and excited he and his family were after the exile returned.

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