If you believe the historical data, this work Repin painted about 9 years, and three years after completion, has made all the same changes. Repin was considered the first artist who in his works managed to touch on the topic of people’s will. According to historians, when writing this picture, the artist had problems with the image of the revolutionary, but still managed to portray a propagandist with typical features for him, such as a fighter for the socialist idea.
The main place is occupied by the main character. Looking at the picture, it seems to us that the revolutionary propagandist was seized a few minutes ago. The hair of the propagandist is ruffled, the shirt is not buttoned on his chest, and his eyes read anger and hatred. His arms were twisted and held tight so that he could not free himself.
The remaining figures depicted on the canvas, as if allow us to form the plot of the picture as a whole. The depicted clerk, detective, several men and the bailiff are watching the scene indifferently. Nobody except the girl who is standing in the door, sympathize with the convict.
The artist brightly tried to convey to us the inner world of the rebel, through his appearance. A screaming, scarlet-colored shirt, reddish hair, thereby showing the ability of this person to perform feats. But despite everything, a person looks lonely and misunderstood. His ideas were not recognized and even worse rejected. Many at that time rejected Narodism, and cases were often denunciations against the Narodniks.
On me this work has made an indelible impression. So much strength and perseverance I have not seen in the paintings not once. It was so realistic that the artist managed to convey the historical fact that I think I was a minute in that time in that room in the form of that sympathetic girl.