Korzukhin is a Russian artist who worked in the style of genre painting. His paintings are distinguished by attention to detail, ease of hand, a subtle knowledge of the aspects of life of different classes of that time - the peasantry, merchants, the nobility. Everywhere he describes any characteristic scenes, without resorting to mythical or religious themes.
It was the addiction to vitality that made him a participant in the “riot of fourteen,” when fourteen young artists left the Academy of Arts at once, protesting against injustice.
In that year, the Academy turned one hundred years old and she held a competition for the best picture. For all genre painters identified the same theme - "Feast in Valhalla." After several petitions and requests to allow me to choose the topic myself, the most freedom-loving students, among whom was Korzukhin, left the Academy forever.
“Before Confession” is one of his famous paintings. She depicts a small temple. Icons on the walls in gilding. Candles are burning in lamps and candlesticks. Behind the exposed screen, which fenced off a small nook, a priest prepares.
In front of the screen are parishioners who want to go to confession. A few neat old women in scarves, an old man, a young lady in rich clothes, waiting with an aristocratic self-esteem. And the children - they are a little worried, cling to the adults, listen to the last instructions - perhaps for some of them this is the first confession, and they painfully sort out their actions, looking for sins. Gave ear to neighbor Fedka - is it a sin? Stole an apple from the garden - is it a sin?
Waiting rings in the air, the rest of the temple is hidden in the twilight - people are moving there too, but they cannot be seen so well and understand what they are doing. The abundance of detail, facial expression makes the picture lively. Each character on it can come up with a story - and even better, a dozen stories.
Painting Rembrandt Night Watch Description