Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Scenes from Paris
Judging by the price Ilya Repin's 1875 masterpiece fetched at a Christie's auction this past summer, Russian art is finally getting its due. Repin is widely regarded as the master of Russian realism in the late 19th century. He briefly broke with the Peredvizhinki artistic school to paint scenes of Paris, where he studied from 1873-76. You can certainly see the influence of Manet in this painting. Here's another example of his Paris Years.
Much of the Russian realism carried with it a strong sense of nationalism. Repin would return to Russia and nationalist subject matter in such works as Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mahmoud IV, a work that consumed 10 years of his life and was completed in 1891.