Ilya Yefimovich Repin: A Russian Master Of Light & Life

On September 26, 2014 by Tim Newman

Repin befriended all of the big names in Russian painting at the time and forged a close relationship with Leo Tolstoy.

Ilya Repin - Sadko


Throughout his life Repin had a thirst for knowledge and new techniques. He was obsessed with improving and creating paintings which sparkled with vibrant and palpable realism.

Ilya Repin - Rest


He worked slowly and thoroughly, sometimes making hundreds of preliminary sketches before putting paint to canvass. He was never really happy with his own works and would often make multiple versions of a single painting, sometimes years apart.

Ilya Repin - Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks (1891)

Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks (1891)

Repin was the first Russian painter to achieve critical acclaim in Europe and became the leader of a movement within Russian art called critical realism.

Ilya Repin - M. P. Musorgsky

M. P. Musorgsky

Repin painted all the way up until his death in 1930 leaving hundreds of incredible paintings and sketches as his eternal legacy…

Ilya Repin

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