Description of the painting by Ilya Repin “Religious procession in the Kursk province”

Description of the painting by Ilya Repin “Religious procession in the Kursk province”

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In the picture you can see a large crowd of people accompanying the procession of the procession, in which the miraculous icon is carried to the holy place where it first appeared to people. But the artist tried to convey not only the procession itself, but to show rural life in Russia, depicting a huge number of images that they saw in this province.

From the marching crowd, it is clear that people belong to different layers of the population, among which inequality and powerlessness reigns. In the center of the crowd, a richer estate can be observed, and poor people have fallen along the edges, who are severely squeezed out of the center of the procession by formidable police gendarmes. You can see how they are riding on horses, yelling at people, and one of the gendarmes even waved a whip at the peasant.

At the beginning of the whole procession, the singers carry a powerful canopy, decorated with multi-colored ribbons, with a gilded dome, in which the light from the flickering of candles is visible. After, there is a crowd of philistines and churchmen. In their chapter, one can consider two women who humbly bowed to an empty icon case from under the miraculous icon.

Next comes the red-haired priest, waving his censer in his right hand, and with his left, straightening his hair from a sweaty forehead. At a distance behind him, you can see the arrogant rich landowner, with greatness carrying an icon in his hands. She carries out the mission assigned to her with great seriousness. A hand with her, a canine-footed merchant, as if protecting her from a crowd of annoying parishioners.

These characters can be regarded as a mockery of arrogance over simple, poor people, deprived in life.

A young hunchback on a crutch is trying to break ahead of everyone. He is directed forward and tries not to notice the village headman, who is trying to push him with a stick. His image reflects the spiritual strength of faith in healing and impulse.

Peering into the crowd, one can grab various images, sometimes with an expression of importance, arrogance - among the rich, and among the poor - humility and humility.

Everything is natural in the picture: a dusty ball in the distance, dirty rags of clothes and golden vestments, hemp from felled trees, and most importantly individuality in each image.

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