The night before the exam - Leonid Osipovich Pasternak. 39 x 55.5 cm
Students are the same at all times. Despite the enormous difference in time and in living conditions, these four can be considered archetypes of students of all time.
The canvas captures part of the room with a large square table by the window and a variety of furniture around it. The room is very simple and modest - a typical student dormitory or inexpensive rental housing. Light walls, a golden golden floor, a white tablecloth on the floor, the same white linen on the bed with a lush down pillow, light fabric on the window - all this creates a certain atmosphere of purity and innocence of youth.
Each of the students has a different approach to learning. One of them stands, leaning low over the table and leaning on it. He literally glares at his notes on the table. It is evident that he will never be distracted from hard work.
The second student sits comfortably sitting cross-legged in a large wooden chair with carved armrests and curly legs. An open book lies on his lap, a cigarette or a cigarette is held in his hand. He thought for a moment, looking aloof at the space outside the window.
The third student, most likely a future medic - this is indicated by the human skull, which he holds in his hand. With his other hand, he props up his forehead, placing his elbow on the table. He sits on a bent Viennese chair, dressed in a plain white shirt, ready to go.
The fourth character of the picture sits against the wall, thoughtfully examining the cigarette in his hands. His books and papers lie on a chair in front of him, his uniform cap is thrown from above.
The canvas pleases with an accurate transfer of the atmosphere and a sense of volumetric space. It is written in an impressionistic manner, with soft, fairly large strokes, so there are no clear contours here, everything is very airy and slightly vague. Light color, well-constructed composition and interesting plot attract the attention of viewers to this genre picture.