Ilya Repin was a leading Russian painter and sculptor who is most famous for his involvement with the Russian Itinerant movement. This avant-garde movement rebelled against the formalism and tradition of the official Academy of Fine Arts and proclaimed the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. Repin’s most powerful works expressed great psychological depth (such as Ivan the Terrible and His Son) and exposed tensions within the social order of his time (see Barge Haulers on the Volga).
This book invites you to discover the wonderful artworks of this progressive Realist painter whose work would eventually define and influence social artistic movements in the future.
Specialists in Russian painting, Grigori Sternin and Jelena Kirillina have chosen here to uncover the work of this major artist within the history of Russian painting, an emblematic figure of the Russian Realist movement who explored both painting and sculpture between the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th, under the name of the Itinerants.
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