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De Wolgaslepers

De Wolgaslepers

Barge Haulers on the Volga is an 1870–73 oil-on-canvas painting by the Russian realist painter and sculptor Ilya Repin. The work depicts 11 laboring men dragging a barge on the Volga River. The men seem to almost collapse forward in exhaustion under the burden of hauling a large boat upstream in heavy, hot weather.
The work is both a celebration of the men's dignity and fortitude, and a highly emotional condemnation of those who sanctioned such inhumane labor. Although they are presented as stoical and accepting, the men are largely defeated; only one stands out: in the center of both the row and canvas, a brightly colored youth fights against his leather binds and takes on a heroic pose.
Repin conceived the painting during his travels through Russia as a young man and depicts actual characters he encountered. It drew international praise for its realistic portrayal of the hardships of working men, and launched his career. Soon after its completion, the painting was purchased by Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich and exhibited widely throughout Europe as a landmark of Russian realist painting. Barge Haulers on the Volga has been described as "perhaps the most famous painting of the Peredvizhniki movement [for]....its unflinching portrayal of backbreaking labor" (Wikipedia)
Assen - Holland (temporary exhibition)

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Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)21-Dec-2017 18:38
So beautiful image! V
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)21-Dec-2017 18:38
So beautiful image! V
globalgadabout11-Oct-2017 00:56
potent yet disturbing...labourers have long been unfairly worked, and conditions are somewhat better, yet still far from perfect..
Zoltán Balogh30-Aug-2017 11:23
Marvellous photo of this beautiful painting. V
victorswan23-Aug-2017 19:24
Knap Ton, en wij klagen de dag van eden als het een beetje zwaarder is, dit beeld wekt bij mij respect op voor onze voor ouders. BV
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal21-Aug-2017 06:09
Prachtige foto Ton. V
joseantonio21-Aug-2017 04:35
spectacular capture of this work of art.V
Helen Betts21-Aug-2017 04:25
Quite an impressive painting showing how difficult life could be at that time. V.
Gill Kopy21-Aug-2017 01:14
Amazing how the individuals are portrayed in this work of art. Very nicely captured Ton. V
Range View 21-Aug-2017 00:20
This is a magnificent painting and you have certainly portrayed it beautifully in this superb capture! BV
Fabienne20-Aug-2017 19:46
Un tableau époustouflant de réalisme. On sent à travers cette peinture la souffrance des hommes.
Pete Hemington20-Aug-2017 18:20
Excellent - a good share
Marco Valk20-Aug-2017 16:55
Jim Coffman20-Aug-2017 15:22
A very nice capture of this painting! Sure glad times have changed!
Juliette20-Aug-2017 14:45
mooie weergave van dit boeiende schilderij V
Neil Marcus20-Aug-2017 14:07
Beautiful work yet and an unsettling scene particularly after reading the text. A fine reproduction, Ton
Martin Lamoon20-Aug-2017 13:22
Excellent shot of this fie painting.
Hank Vander Velde20-Aug-2017 12:42
Beautiful painting well described Ton. Show how cheap life was for many then and how lucky we are today in spite of our still many problems.
LynnH20-Aug-2017 11:57
A powerful painting. Life was very hard for most back then.
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