Portrait of a Russian Painter
|Self-portrait as a young man|
That all changed on Thursday when I attended the exhibition in honor of the 175th anniversary of Repin's birth at the Russian Museum.
The first painting that we came across in the exhibition was "The Revival of the Daughter of Jarius." It was nice to see this picture, displaying Jesus' miracle, as most important to the museum.
|His daughter sleeping|
The exhibition included 250 paintings and graphic works of Repin. Many of the works on display were portraits that Repin completed for famous Russians of his time including Czar Nicholas II. Other portraits include Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Pushkin, Nicolay Gogol, and Alexander Kerensky after the 1917 Russian Revolution.
|Two of his daughters|
The most interesting portraits to me were the ones of his family. He and his wife Vera had one son and three daughters. The pictures of his daughters were so life-like that I thought they would start to breathe. He surely lived up to his reputation as a "realist painter." There were other paintings of his wife and children (such as the family walking through a field) that I would love to have on my wall at home.
Repin is most famous for his realistic painting named "The Barge Haulers of the Volga." In 1870, he spent time in the Volga River region painting landscapes and studying the men who pulled barges up the river. The result was this painting which received a gold medal the following year. You can see pain and agony written on the faces of the men as they strain against the straps in Repin's picture. It's a great depiction of the life of Russian peasants during the rule of the Romanov Czars.
|"Barge Haulers of the Volga"|
Information taken from Wikipedia.org -- Ilya_Repin