Zaporozhye Cossacks Writing a Letter to the Turkish Sultan Ilya Repin (1844-1930)
Ilya Repin – Zaporozhye Cossacks Writing a Letter to the Turkish Sultan
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Painter: Ilya Repin
Location: State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg (Государственный Русский Музей).
The basis of Repin’s painting was a historical event in 1676. At that time the Cossacks of the free Zaporizhian Sich were guarding the country from the Turks. Sultan Mahmoud IV sent a letter to the Cossacks, offering to surrender to him without resistance. In order to intimidate the Cossacks, the Turkish sultan included many of his ranks in the title of the letter. The Cossacks only laughed at the pompous style of the letter.
Description of Ilya Repin’s painting "The Cossacks Writing a Letter to the Turkish Sultan".
The basis of Repin’s painting was a historical event in 1676. At that time the Cossacks of the free Zaporizhian Sich were guarding the country from the Turks. Sultan Mahmoud IV sent a letter to the Cossacks, offering to surrender to him without resistance. In order to intimidate the Cossacks, the Turkish sultan included many of his ranks in the title of the letter. The Cossacks only laughed at the pompous style of the letter. So they wrote their own, very caustic response to the sultan.
The painting is dynamic, but its composition seems to be balanced. The Cossacks from Zaporozhye are at the front of the painting, gathered around a hastily assembled table. The painter seems to "cut off" a part of the figures, allowing the viewer to mentally "extend" the panorama of the painting. In the background you can see the bonfires and the tent city.
There is no main character in the picture, there are many Zaporozhets, and each of them in his own colorful way. Each painted with such care, as if the artist created just a portrait of him.
The pictures show their weapons, costumes, pipes and wine flasks, as well as a Ukrainian bandura... And, of course, this picture can’t do without folk humor! The brave Cossacks are laughing heartily, anticipating how the Sultan will read their letter and how he will become enraged by their daring pranks! And what are these ranks of the Sultan, if they have more than once smashed his troops.
Together the comrades-in-arms compose their message. The scribe smiles evilly and, squinting his eyes, scribbles jolly words on the paper, which other Cossacks prompt him off, rejoicing at their own clever expressions. The emotions experienced by the characters in the painting seem to spill over to the viewer. It seems that the painting sparkles with unrestrained joy. And in each of the characters can be guessed and daring, and the heroic spirit and independence. This is the great unity and strength of camaraderie of the Cossacks.
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COMMENTS: 2 Ответы
картина наполнена яркими цветами: оттенками жолтого, красного, хотя козаки собрались вечером. Тени не густые, а полупрозрачные, их оттенки холодноватые. Свет играет особенную роль:отсвечивает форму, объём, помогает потчеркнуть детали.
Мне очень нравится художество знаминитого на весь мир И. Е. Репина. Благодаря этому великому художнику я начала интересоваться произведениями исскуства )))
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