Ilja Jefimowitsch Repin: Life, facts, curiosities and art!
Ilja Repin is as famous in painting as Leo Tolstoy is in Russian literature. The Dukes loved the painter for his work “Barged Haulers on the Volga”. His paintings are characterized by reflection of European paintings in their compositions, light distribution and colour, which earned him the title “Russian Rembrandt”. Ilja Jefimowitsch Repin was born on 5th August 1844 in Cuguev in Gouvernement Charkiw, Ukraine. He decided to develop himself into an icon painter after military school. Ilja Repin studied in St. Petersburg in the Academy of arts from 1863 to 1872. Ilja Repin obtained a foreign scholarship after completing the course at the St.Petersburger Academy, which took him to Vienna in Italy and subsequently to Paris. Repin got the opportunity to study Impressionism in Paris and he met Édouard Manet there. In the later years he visited Europe several times; he went to Siberia, Crimea and to the East. Zar Alexander III. commissioned Ilja Repin to reform the Academy of arts in St. Petersburg where he had studied and taught as professor since 1892. As a painter of nation, Repin denounced social grievances. After the Russian defeat in the war between Russia and Japan, thre was a bloody suppression of a peaceful demonstration. This event inspired Repin to create paintings like “Bloody Sunday” and “Red burial”. In 1926 he gifted these paintings to the Museum of revolution. He lived in his country house as an 82 year old in Finnland and died there on 29th September 1929. All artworks by Ilja Jefimowitsch Repin can be ordered in our online-shop in any form you desire e.g. as a poster, art print on canvas, hand-painted oil painting, acrylic art print or metal print. Each piece of wall art is unique!