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Ilya Efimovich Repin: Dragonfly (Portrait of Vera Repina, the artist's daughter), (1884) Oil on canvas, 111 x 84.5 cm. Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow. Ilya Repin was Russia's most celebrated realist painter. His painting of the Volga Boatmen of 1870-73 catapulted him out of obscurity into the limelight of both the Russian and European art scenes (Hamilton, 382- 383). In the early 1870's Repin went abroad to study. After spending just a few months in Italy he settled in Paris, where he stayed until 1873 (Olga's Gallery), returning again in 1883. In Paris, Repin was introduced to the Impressionists and their technique. Despite lengthy time spent in France, Repin never fully subscribed to Impressionism (Olga's Gallery). In fact, an impressionistic influence is not seen in his work until later,
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Unformatted text preview: specifically after his return to Paris in 1883 (Hamilton, 382-383). The portrait of the artist's daughter, Vera Repina, painted in 1884, is an excellent example of the impressionistic influence on Repin's technique. However, there is evidence in this painting of Repin's reluctance to commit entirely to impressionism. On the contrary, this portrait is a blend of Repin's romantic and realistic ideals painted with an impressionistic brush. Although the manner in which the actual paint has been applied to create this study is important, to understand better the significance of this portrait it is necessary to look at the subject and her surroundings as a whole....
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