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.
Painted while in his late 20s, this is a well-known work.
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.
Another well-known painting. Click on the image to enlarge.
Another opportunity for character studies.
This was the subject of my post linked above.
More a sketch than a finished work.
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.