Il - Il'ia Efimovich Repin: They Did Not Expect Him...

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Il'ia Efimovich Repin: They Did Not Expect Him (1884- 88) Oil on canvas, 160.5 x 167.5 cm. Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow. They Did Not Expect Him , one of Repin's best known works, is considered by critics "the finest artistic achievement of the social point of view of the Peredvizhniki " ( Hamilton , 385). The painting shows a family surprised by an unexpected return of a political exile home. In the first version of the painting, the exile was a female; in the final version it is a male, a son, a husband, and a father at the same time. To create his composition, Repin used his home and the members of his family as models. Each person in the painting has a different facial expression, captured very dramatically by the artist. The exiled man, clutching his hat, hesitates in the middle of the room, but instantly recognizes his mother. The old woman rises from her armchair, and her figure projects a surprise and weakness at the same time. In the back, at the piano, is the man's wife. Perhaps she is not certain who has just entered the
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ARH ARH2000 taught by Professor Karenroberts during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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