Top Ten Paintings by Ilya Repin

Top Ten Paintings by Ilya Repin (1844 – 1930)

       Ilyá Yefímovich Repin was born on July 24, 1844 in Chuguev near Kharkov (now part of Ukraine). His father was a military officer. In 1866 he went to Saint Petersburg and was admitted to the Imperial Academy of Arts as a student. Repin sojourned in Italy and Paris on the Academy’s allowance from 1873 to 1876. He painted a large number of peasants, fishwomen and scenes from merchant life. Ilya Repin joined the Association of Peredvizhniki Artists in 1878. From 1882 he lived in Saint Petersburg but made frequent tours abroad. Inspired by Rembrandt’s portraits of old people, he painted many of his celebrated compatriots, including Leo Tolstoy, Dmitri Mendeleev, Pobedonostsev, and Mussorgsky. In 1903 he was commissioned by the Russian government to paint his most grandiose design, a 400 x 877 cm canvas representing a ceremonial session of the State Council. After the 1917 October Revolution, his home Penaty (literally, “the Penates”), located to the north from Saint Petersburg, was incorporated into Finland. He was invited by Lenin to come back to Russia but was too old to make a journey. He died in Kuokkala, Finland (now Repino, Leningrad Oblast) on September 29, 1930. The Penates are part of the World Heritage Site Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments.

  1. On a Bridge in Abramtsevo (1879)

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  2. Portrait of Professor Ivanov (1882)

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  3. Cossacks of Saporog Are Drafting a Manifesto (1891)

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  4. They did not Expect Him (1888)

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  5. Ivan the Terrible and His Son (1885)

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  6. Autumn Bouquet (1892)

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  7. Job and His Friends (1869)

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  8. Vsevolod Mikhailovich Garshin (1884)

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  9. The Sitting of the Supreme Council (1903)

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  10. Dragon-Fly (1884)

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  11. Preparation for the Examination (1864)

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  12. Portrait of Nicholas II (1896)

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  13. 14-year-old Alexander Pushkin Reciting His Poem

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  14. The Cautious One (1877)
    The Cautious One
    The Cautious One (1877) is characterized by the artist’s deep penetration into the complex character of his subject which has transformed the man depicted into a typical representative of the peasantry. The image of the peasant belongs to the best in Russian realistic art.
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  15. A Newspaper Seller in Paris (1873)

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  16. Barge Haulers on the Volga (1873)

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  17. Portrait of the Mikhail Glinka (1887)

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  18. Portrait of Dmitry Mendeleev (1885)

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  19. Portrait of Leo Tolstoy (1887)

    Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1910), also known as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the 1870’s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformer. His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho-pacifist. His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal 20th century figures as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
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  20. Portrait of Modest Musorgsky (1881)

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  21. Study of an Old Man (1878)

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