Ilya Repin was a leading Russian artist who was most respected for his oil paintings and sculptures.
Repin was born in the part of the then Russian Empire now known as Ukraine and his reputation has travelled far and wide due to some impressive artistic techniques and memorable subject choices for several of his key works.
This website covers all the best paintings to have come from the career of Ilya Repin and provides images of them all for your enjoyment.
Ilya Repin produced paintings in a realism style which carefully chose subjects which in the main boasted hugely emotional settings which carried powerful meanings that left the artist needing only to portray the importance of the situation through his painting to it's viewer.
There were many politically based works as well as other more traditional portraits which served as necessary commissioned works that helped to finance the other paintings which Repin was more passionate to produce.
Ilya Repin was an important artist for several reasons.
The paintings which he created were made in exceptionally important political scenes and serve as excellent visual clues for historians as to the exact events of each, as seen in the likes of Religious Procession in Kursk Province and Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV.
Repin is an artist who managed to take Russian domestic issues abroad through his truly inspiring style which was powerful and realistic.
Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire was a crucial painting for Repin and he spent an incredible length of time in creating and amending this masterpiece which concentrated on an enormously moralistic and poignant atmostphere which few other paintings have ever attempted.
The painting was supposed to underline Cossack Republicanism as well as liberty, equality, and fraternity for it's members.