Painting by Repin “Refusal of Confession”

Confessing oneself in deeds, not counting them as sins, the revolutionary refuses, so you can briefly describe the plot of the canvas of the great painter.
Only two people are depicted in the picture, and how much powerful dynamics lurks in their poses and facial expressions.
Each of them told me a whole story, which ends with their meeting in the dungeons.

I was struck by how Repin, using only dark colors, and singling out only faces, was able to build a logical chain of consequence and cause.
He thought through all the details, and allowed the imagination of the viewer to complete the provided episode.
There is no point in the work, it is found by the inquisitive mind of one who stops before the canvas and wonders who these people are?

I want to immediately tell you about who I see as a young man.
He is a revolutionary, he who shot at the king.
But not for himself, or for his own benefit, he did this, but caring about the future

of ordinary people who have lived for centuries under the burden of humiliation.
Whether he thought then about punishment, or about expediency of the act, now it is complex or difficult to tell or say.
But until the last moments of his life, the revolutionary faithfully believed in his own right.
Even here, in the picture, his image is proud, despite the internal fatigue.
Eyes are dull, the head is thrown back, as if it is hard to hold, but the white collar of the shirt speaks of belonging to one of the higher social classes.
And now, being a step away from death, a rebel does not intend to bow down, confess his sins and repent to those who are indirectly guilty of his sufferings, and the troubles of the whole people.

The image of the clergyman remains uncovered because his face is not visible, only the edge.
But this also gives vent to fantasy to clear up and draw conclusions.
For example, it is clear that this person is in years of experience in similar situations.
There was no tremble before the important event for his faith.
Most likely, boredom and depicts the pose, and the inclination of the head of the priest.
The person to whom he came does not want to repent, but he does not care.
It’s amazing how clearly Repin described the main feature of those who, in his day, were supposed to bear the light of hope to people.

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Painting by Repin “Refusal of Confession”