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The subject of the actual painting

The subject of the actual painting - unthinkable Accept him...

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The subject of the actual painting, “as Repin outlined it to Iseev, depicts Sadko, ‘the naive Russian youth,’ selecting his bride from a parade of the most beautiful women of all ages and countries, and, faithful to his heart, choosing the last, the homely Russian girl. Repin described Sadko as ‘brightly lit by electric light’ (a curious concept for an underwater scene), and confessed: ‘This picture reflects my own situation. In Europe, with all its wonders, I feel just like Sadko; I am dazzled’” (Jackson 398). It is not difficult then to understand why Repin chose to paint this particular scene from the epic, since it symbolizes his own attitude. Just like Sadko is charmed by nine hundred daughters of the Sea Tsar, of different nationalities, he still chooses perhaps not so sophisticated, but very homey Russian girl; Repin, despite all of his traveling, still remained a Russian painter with his emphasis on patriotism. “As a contemporary remarked, ‘Repin outside of Russia is
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Unformatted text preview: unthinkable. Accept him or reject him, he is beyond personal evaluations, he is from the people and is popular in the real sense of the word’” (Jackson 407). Repin finished Sadko in 1876, not long after his success with The Volga Boatmen . The painting is unusually large and occupies a whole wall in the Russian Museum. I saw the original painting myself, and it cannot leave the viewer without a strong impression. Looking at it for a while, due to the size of the painting, creates a strong illusion of three-dimensional reality, where the spectators feels in the midst of the bride parade deep under the sea. It is the experience of childhood’s ultimate dream – to find oneself in a fairy tale – something we all imagined as children while our parents read us a bedtime story. This dream comes to life in this painting. The three-dimensionality and the large size of the work allow the painter to create life-size figures, which make the painting even more real....
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