Found this guy from one of those "Painting of the Day" things on google. I knew it would come in handy eventually
Bio quoted from ARC:
anyways, one thing that struck me about this particular artist is his use of perspective that you can see in a few pieces. The portrait of Nicholas II(Man in the Blue suit) has a massive foyer behind him... and Nikolay Rymsky-Korsakov, the man sitting on the couch with a pipe... Many artists struggle with putting figures on furniture like that without somehow wrapping the limbs around the form of the couch more, but he managed to show the weight of the shoulder with utmost subtlety. I dunno, I just thought it was cool.Russian painter, was born in 1844 at Tschuguev in the department of Charkov, the son of parents in straitened circumstances. He learned the rudiments of art under a painter of saints named [I. M.] Bunakov, for three years gaining his living at this humble craft. In 1863 he obtained a studentship at the Academy of Fine Arts of St Petersburg, where he remained for six years, winning the gold medal and a travelling scholarship which enabled him to visit France and Italy. He returned to Russia after a short absence, and devoted himself exclusively to subjects having strong national characteristics. In 1894 he became professor of historical painting at the St Petersburg Academy. Repin's paintings are powerfully drawn, with not a little imagination and with strong dramatic force and characterization. A brilliant colourist, and a portrait-painter of the first rank, he also became known as a sculptor and etcher of ability. His chief pictures are Procession in the Government of Kiev, Home-coming, The Arrest, Ivan the Terrible's murder of his Son, and, best known of all, The Reply of the Cossacks to Sultan Mahmoud IV. The portraits of the Baroness Varvara Ikskul von Hildenbandt, of Anton Rubinstein and of Count Leo Tolstoy are among his best achievements in this class. The Tretyakov gallery at Moscow contains a very large collection of his work.
Some of his portraits though seem to have the same composition that you usually see in classical portraiture, which in my opinion gets boring.. although takes nothing away from the technical skill of the painting.
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