Here is a little bit about classical Russian art. Ilya Repin is a well-known Russian artist. His paintings are highly valued all over the world and cost a lot.
I want to present you here two of his works and then a creative compilation of both in one painting.
This is his famous painting “Burlaks on Volga”. Who are Burlaks and what are they doing on Volga? As there was a slavery in United States there was another type of slavery in Russia till the middle of 19th century, but it was called “Castle law”. What does it mean? It means that people could not move away from a castle or from the landlord. All the peasants that lived in the territory of the landlord simply belonged to him, though they lived in their own houses, had their private money and could marry by their own choice.
The master, the landlord could sell them, exchange or give to army during the nationwide hiring. He could also demand any lady for a night. So actually free people lived only in the cities, people who lived in the countryside belonged to a landlord. Just imagine, this “Castle law” was canceled only in 1861.
Their status is actualy was a “Serfdom” instead of “Freedom”.
So on this picture above we can see a bunch of peasants who were sent by their landlord to tow some ships across the river. It was much cheaper to send a dozen peasants for free than to buy or rent a steamer.
That was an awful time, and the most interesting fact that people lived as slaves till 1861 then had small pause untill 1917 and then the Soviet Era began. So there is no surprise why the people in Russian countryside nowdays are not expressing any political will except for some “strong hand” position.
Ok, the next picture is:
It’s name is “They didn’t expect him to come”. It is also a commonly recognized masterpiece of Ilya Repin. The situation that is depicted is pretty casual though it urges admire from different art lovers.
So and here comes the modern day masterpiece. From my point of view it’s also a masterpiece: