Ilya Repin: Mother Russia’s portrait painter.

Modest Mussorsky, 1881, by Ilya Repin

Listening to the music of Modest Mussorgsky this week, the extraordinary portrait of the composer painted just days before his death has never been far from my mind. I decided  to look at some more of Ilya Repin’s work and discovered that this remarkable Ukrainian Realist artist, Ilya Repin (1844-1930)  was, like his friend Mussorgsky, painting a series of images about ‘Mother Russia’ in all her variety and, often, sorrow. Rightly and unsurprisingly he is honoured as one of the greatest of 19th Century ‘Russian’ artists and his work now has a permanent home in the State Russian Museum, St Petersburg.

Self-portrait, 1878, by Ilya Repin

A Student Nihilist, 1883 by Ilya Repin

Portrait of Yurkevitch, 1879 by Ilya Repin

A Shy Peasant, 1877, by Ilya Repin

Judas, 1885,  by Ilya Repin

Studies by Ilya Repin

Barge Haulers On The Volga , 1870-1873, by Ilya Repin

Arrest of a Propagandist, 1800-1892, by Ilya Repin

Easter Procession in the Region of Kursk, 1880-1883, by Ilya Repin
Leo Tolstoy, 1901,  by Ilya Repin
Tsar Nicholas II, 1896, by Ilya Repin

Ivan the Terrible and his son Ivan, 1885, by Ilya Repin



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