A truly Russian artist I. Repin shows us his vision of French life on the canvas of 1875 "Paris Cafe". Two years earlier, he received from the Academy the right to travel abroad in order to further study the craft of painting. Upon arrival in the French capital, Repin was not impressed by the classics, his soul was attracted by the real life of the city and the nascent currents in art.
It so happened that the visiting Repin was the first to create an impressionistic scene of relaxation in a cafe, much later Renoir, Monet and other outstanding creators of the era followed him.
The Paris Cafe is a multi-figure painting in the center of which is a lone lady in black. If nothing surprising in this person will be noticed for a modern person, then even for a rather liberal Paris of the 19th century, it embodies the provocation, ambiguity and audacity of a decent society. That is why the woman so attracted the attention of other visitors.
On the right, two full-length figures are written: in a gray suit, most likely, a native Parisian - confident, pleased, he twists his mustache with a sly grin; an English gentleman follows his arm, even opening his mouth from the unprecedented courage of a woman. A busy waiter almost turns his neck, looking at a frivolous person. Closest to all, a family man sitting to her is expecting to watch. The rest of the holidaymakers are peacefully busy with current affairs: reading, eating or talking.
Repin had previously prepared sketches, the woman in black on them was depicted as a “cocotte” playing with an umbrella or as a person who had risen from a chair in anticipation of someone. The impudent, proud look of the heroine seemed to the artist too unacceptable, and he replaced him with a more modest appearance with downcast eyes. Already closer to modernity, the upper layer was copied and removed - we were presented with the original version of a colorful, theatrical and free Paris.
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