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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- homely Russian girl, naive Russian youth