Monday, June 14, 2021

Ilya Repin Panoramas

Ilya Yefimovich Repin (1844-1930) was one of the greatest Russian painters of the late 19th century.  His Wikipedia entry is here.

Perhaps his strongest field was portrait painting, though he also created historical, mythological and genre scenes.  In this post I dealt with a set of sketch portraits he made while working on a huge painting of the "Ceremonial Session of the State Council, May 7, 1901."  That painting was a panorama, a format he occasionally used.  The present post presents several other such works.


Barge Haulers on the Volga - 1870-73
Painted while in his late 20s, this is a well-known work.

Parisian Café - 1875
Quite different due to its hard-edge detail.  Essentially a set of character studies.  Although he spent some time in France and Italy, the Wikipedia link does not mention that he studied there.  In any case, he was around 30 years old and his career was already well-launched.

Krestny Khod (Religious Procession) in Kursk Gubernia - 1881-82
Another well-known painting.  Click on the image to enlarge.

Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire - 1880-91
Another opportunity for character  studies.

Ceremonial Session of the State Council, May 7, 1901 - 1903
This was the subject of my post linked above.

The Last Supper - 1903
More a sketch than a finished work.

Demonstration on October 17, 1905 - 1907-11
Discontent with the regime following Russia's defeat by Japan and other problems.  Repin's style is softer here, though that might have been due to the foggy/smoky atmosphere being depicted.

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