This first comprehensive survey of Ilya Repin's work to be overseen
by a Western art historian features a wealth of previously unseen
paintings, eye-catching and dramatic works that bring to life
Russian society in the last years of the tsars. Repin, who lived
from 1844 to 1930, was the finest and most celebrated painter of
his generation, and an important influence in shaping a distinctly
Russian school within nineteenth-century Realism. His
often-controversial works addressed subjects including the hard
lives of the peasants, the fates of revolutionary activists, loaded
episodes of Russian history and some of the nation's greatest
cultural figures, many of whom he counted as personal friends,
including Tolstoy, Musorgsky and Gorky. His vibrant, colorful and
topical canvases offer a fascinating panorama of the issues that
were swirling in the minds of his contemporaries, and an unusual
view of all strata of life during this crucial period of historical
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