"The Lost Supper, Repin – description of the painting
Description of the picture:
The Last Supper – Ilya Efimovich Repin. 1903. Oil on canvas. 100 four x sixty three cm
A very widespread religious plot was used for the picture – the last meal of Jesus Christ the day before his own arrest and death. The canvas depicts a spacious room in the house of Simon the Leper, where all the disciples of Christ gathered for a late supper.
The room is illuminated by the highest fixtures with an open flame, the vibrations of which make the illusion of movement. The picture depicts the moment when everyone has already dined and with vivid attention heed the sermons of Jesus. It was at a secret evening that he told his followers that one of the apostles would cast him. The abundance of postures of figures around the table makes the composition lively and impressive.
The picture was painted with wide free strokes, in a sketchy style. The color palette is rich, and the figure of Christ is highlighted in a snow-white color – his vestment focuses attention on his epic figure. Other figures of the apostles are not highlighted correctly, they are written freely and fairly schematically, which does not deprive the picture of attractiveness, on the contrary, assigns expressiveness and irony to it."