Doesn’t he look uncomfortable in the extreme? One gets the impression that he would rather be sitting before the stove in an izba at table telling his old tales. His eyes would light up, his face would become animated, and the room would come to life with his fantastic tales. As for this painting, it is obvious that a landowner got the idea to have this portrait done, and Mr Tsegolionkov is humouring him. He cannot wait to get out of this sitting, and be back in the midst of the village where he belongs…. and rightfully so!
Thursday, 21 February 2008
Ilya Repin. A Portrait of the Folk-Tale Narrator V. Tsegolionkov. 1879