Repin wrote people turned into cattle, barge haulers pulling barges along the river. Dared to write the Russian tsar, who killed his own son. Reflecting on the history of his country, he portrayed the Cossacks, who “throughout life” remained free. He lovingly and carefully created portraits of the raging Vladimir Stasov, the great Leo Tolstoy and the leader of the Itinerants, Ivan Kramskoy.
More than once Repin returned to two themes that troubled the soul: the church and its disastrous role in Russian society, the image of a man who defiantly challenged it and the autocracy. Continue reading
Conceived as a “gallery in a gallery”, the portrait gallery of Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov (1832–1898) is a significant artistic phenomenon of the national culture of the second half of the 19th century. None of the researchers who wrote about the collection activities of the founder of the gallery, did not overlook the collection of portraits, and could not get around. Continue reading
Deserved recognition M.I. Scotty brought canvases of historical content. Nowadays, the Prince of Pozharsky and Minin painting (1850, Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum) has gained special fame. Scotty’s works are kept in the Tretyakov Gallery and the Russian Museum, in Russian museum collections (Petrozavodsk, Irkutsk) and from private owners. Why is the artist forgotten? In Soviet times, knowledge of masters with a foreign name was not welcome. In addition, a significant part of the artistic heritage of Scotty are icons for Orthodox churches, many of which were destroyed. Continue reading