Author: Alexey Leonov
Location: Private collection
“Ilya Repin”. 2019, fireclay
The Russian painter tried to penetrate into the secret essence of matter through a realistic image. Throughout his life, Repin sought to combine in painting three great ideas that are rarely combined: truth, goodness and beauty – science, morality and aesthetics. The master-teacher’s paintings are a reflection of all the diversity of the surrounding life with great attention to the characters of the depicted heroes, with the disclosure of their inner states and aspirations.
“Skill is such that you can’t even see skill!”
Lev Tolstoy about the artist.