This canvas was written by Repin back in 1881. Then the artist seemed to predict the imminent demise of the great scientist and physician, because literally several months after the completion of the painting, Pirogov himself dies.
Quite recently, a hundred years have passed since the professional activity of a scientist. His contribution to the development of the country is impossible to convey in a few words, so let’s proceed to the consideration of the canvas itself, which was created despite the tight deadlines caused by the busy and busy schedule of the scientist.
After completing the work on the painting, Repin recalled for a long time how captivated his working capacity and vitality of Pirogov were. He said that he could never work as quickly as in the case of the great scientist. And it was caused not so much by haste, as by great inspiration by the vital force and energy that came from the great surgeon. To make it clear that these are all far from empty words, we only say that Repin only needed 3 visits to Pirogov in order to have the portrait ready.
Looking at the canvas, we immediately turn our eyes to a dark background. He beautifully highlights the surgeon’s gray temples and a slightly reddish face. The look of a man immediately betrays his strong-willed and resolute character, as well as the absence of fear of any difficulties that occur on his way. Professor’s lips are slightly pursed. He resolutely folded his arms across his chest, not wanting to reveal his secrets to anyone he knew, his brow furrowed and his eyebrows lowered. We can see that the professor is not just stubborn, he is very hot in character, which also testifies to hot temper. Despite these seemingly overly harsh and decisive features, Pies does not look evil or dull, on the contrary, deep wisdom and invaluable life experience pass through the entire canvas.