Russian Art, Russian Peasants and Modern Day Compilation

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.

burlaks on volga, ilya repin

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:

Russian Art, Russian Peasants and Modern Day Compilation

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:

repin, not waited

This are whom they really had not expected to come in!

You can read more about Ilya Repin on Wiki, and here is more on serfdom also on Wiki.

11 thoughts on “Russian Art, Russian Peasants and Modern Day Compilation”

  1. don’t think this was supposed to be funny. to me it is more likely combining the critical part in these two pictures into a new picture critizising something new, god knows what….

  2. Yeah – at first – burlacks weren’t always slaves – most of them were poorest part of the population, used to work as season workers, like english hop collectors.
    At second – not all of the peasants were in serfdom – there were a lot of principal’s people “gosudarevy lyudi”, who has no other master than tsar.
    At third – serfs usually only pay special fee to the landlord and do some work for him. it should be mentioned that time and duration of this work were limited by law. Most times “night with landlord” was the only chance for a young woman to improve their personal life, because in peasants families that time women had no rights. Usually, after such a “night” landlord offer gift to a girl or gave to her suitable husband.

    So, serfdom system was not very bad for serfs, and also introduced some problems for the landlords.

    I may illustrate this situation by the fact: lord Sheremetev asked his peasants to dig him a pond instead of paying one-year fee, but after a year(!) of waiting he was induced to hire professional workers, because serfs didn’t dig and didn’t pay. This pond you may see in Kuskovo palace, in Moscow – it is really not very big.

  3. Your understanding of history and art, and the level of your writing skills all suggest that you are still young, perhaps just in second or third year at school, so maybe people shouldn’t be quite so hard on you. We all need time to mature.

  4. Guys? GUUYS? I look up to the old russian masters, not all, only those that shined between 1800 years and 1940’s or so,. like REPIN. to stain all this amazing work, which is next to NONE in this whole world, is simply criminal. you can MACDONALDIZE yourselves all you want, every part of your lives,,but please,,,leave these works alone~!? for all of us’s sake! thanks, shahin from IRAN

  5. You should see some other his works –
    …and don’t forget that modern (post-modern?) “masterpiece” has also his author) Please remember his name – Gleb Androsov (Ekaterinburg, Russia)
    Chmoki-chmoki, as they (we) say in Rossiya)


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