The artist is Repin
In the Old Testament Scripture, Job appears as a martyr, whose share of superhuman suffering fell. Having lost his children and all the property, the happy righteous turned into a broken terrible disease (leprosy) of the old man. Dramatized Job leads to dumbfounded even close friends who came to visit him.
This scene is masterfully captured by Repin according to the requirements of the academic program. For the picture, the young artist in 1869 received a small gold medal.
The Russian Museum. From the icon to the present. 2005. With. 173.
“From dawn to dawn”, in his own expression of Repin, the artist honed the details of the picture in sketches. In the image of the biblical plot, Repin sought to accurately transmit the psychological characteristics of each of the characters. Against the backdrop of a haze of a mountain landscape, the frozen figures of Job’s friends are represented, behind the calm of which human pain, hopelessness and anxiety are hidden. In this work, a characteristic feature of Repin’s historical paintings is already visible – the plausibility of the image, which is based on the total material.