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The Last Supper - Ilya Efimovich Repin. 104 x 63 cm
A very common religious plot was used for the picture - the last meal of Jesus Christ on the eve of his 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 lit by tall fixtures with an open flame, the vibrations of which create the illusion of movement. The picture depicts the moment when everyone has already had supper and listen to Jesus' sermons with lively attention. It was at the Last Supper that he told his followers that one of the apostles would betray him. A variety of postures of figures located around the table makes the composition dynamic and impressive.
The picture was painted with wide free strokes, in a sketchy style. The color scheme is rich, and the figure of Christ is highlighted in white - his robe focuses attention on his epic figure. The remaining figures of the apostles are not clearly distinguished, they are written freely and rather schematically, which does not deprive the picture of attractiveness, on the contrary, gives it expressiveness and drama.