ILYA REPIN (1844–1930)


Viktor Vasnetsov. Portrait of Ilya Repin. 1882

Ilya Repin was born in Chuguyev, the Kharkov Province (now Kharkov region in Ukraine). He studied at the Society for the Encouragement of Artists in St. Petersburg (1863), at the Academy of Arts (1864–1871) and went to Italy and France as a pensioner of the Academy (1873–1876).

Repin was a painter and a graphic artist. He was a member of the Society of Traveling Art Exhibitions (since 1878) and a full member of the Academy of Arts (1893). Repin was a participant of the Abramtsevo Colony since the very beginning (1878).

At the turn of the 1870–1880s, Repin stayed in Abramtsevo and then in Khotkovo, where he worked at the pictures "Seeing Off the Recruit" (1879, the State Russian Museum), "Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire" (1878–1891, the State Tretyakov Gallery), "Easter Procession in the Kursk Province" (1880–1883, the State Tretyakov Gallery).

The artist painted the icon "Christ of Edessa" (1881–1882) for the iconostasis of the Abramtsevo Church. He participated in the amateur performances. The Abramtsevo Museum keeps Repin's paintings and drawings.