In addition to the “Kursistki” famous work of the former major general, after choosing the craft of the artist, Nikolai Aleksandrovich Yaroshenko is the work “Student”. Nikolay Aleksandrovich, despite his origin, did not shy away from communication with people from much lower strata of the population. His brush displayed on the canvas and the rich and the poor.
The picture “Student” served as some of the landmarks in the image for the then-famous actor Sadovsky. In the production of “Talents and Fans”, which took place in the theater in 1881, the actor tried to become like this unknown student who was portrayed by Yaroshenko. This left its mark on the character of the play.
A young man with a neatly trimmed beard appears on a dark background. On his head is a soft hat, similar to the one that Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin once wore. The student is not from a rich kind. This can be understood by the rug on his shoulders. Only rich students of that time could afford a fur coat or a coat. Those who did not have the means treated with a rug, which they wore instead of a jacket during the cold season.
The character is wearing a student uniform – a black short coat and trousers. This form was issued free of charge due to the reform of 1861. The student has long black hair, which was typical of the intelligent youth of those times. The hair on his head is significantly different from the beard, because it is light brown in color. This speaks of a very young age, when it was not even before the first shave.
Despite belonging to the class of the “poor” student poses, showing aristocratic habits. Slightly inclined, he looks at us, turning his head slightly to the side. His hand, like influential masters, is tucked into the chest opening of a frock coat.