This picture Repin created one of the last, it bears a certain imprint of the fact that the talent of the painter, unfortunately, is fading away. The master created this canvas when he was already very sick. The drawing is a bit inaccurate, the pose is quite deliberate, in the pathetics the painfulness of its pathos is clearly felt. But with all this, it shows the manner and technique of a real artist with a capital letter.
Repin took the traditional story, but in his eyes it sounds a little different. Yaroslavna is incredibly suffering. She looks at the sky and prays to help. The sun has almost set. The horizon is painted in blue and pink tones. Acute palisade all directed upwards.
Birds were alarmed by the heroine’s lamentations. They fly over the city, not finding rest. In the whole picture anxiety is waiting. It is likely that tragedy will happen very soon. One gets the feeling that Repin has put into his creation an irresistible, desperate desire to live.
The colors of the Yaroslavna costume show consonance throughout the landscape. The artist seeks to convey her outfit as accurately as possible. He also tends to be realistic in the landscape. But at the same time in this work a certain imagination inherent in the theater is very noticeable. The viewer sees the brightness of the fake character and convention.
The artist concentrates all attention on the face of Yaroslavna. It is safe to say that he was able to perform this part of his creation with incredible skill. He conveyed maximum despair. The heroine is internally tense, but at the same time there is hope in her. It seems that even a moment, and Yaroslavna will fly across the sky to, as soon as possible, to come to the aid of his beloved. The artist was able to convey the sincerity of the heroine, which is really genuine.
The master tried, by all means, to cope with his illness. This picture is his desire to win. He wanted to work and create again fully.