Item description for The Russian Vision: The Art of Ilya Repin by Ilya Repin...
This first comprehensive survey of Ilya Repins work to be overseen by a Western art historian features a wealth of previously unseen paintings, eye-catching and dramatic works that bring to life Russian society in the last years of the tsars. Repin, who lived from 1844 to 1930, was the finest and most celebrated painter of his generation, and an important influence in shaping a distinctly Russian school within nineteenth-century Realism. His often-controversial works addressed subjects including the hard lives of the peasants, the fates of revolutionary activists, loaded episodes of Russian history and some of the nations greatest cultural figures, many of whom he counted as personal friends, including Tolstoy, Musorgsky and Gorky. His vibrant, colorful and topical canvases offer a fascinating panorama of the issues that were swirling in the minds of his contemporaries, and an unusual view of all strata of life during this crucial period of historical change.
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Studio: B.A.I. (Exhibitions International)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 9.75" Height: 12" Weight: 4.55 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
Publisher B.A.I. (Exhibitions International)
ISBN 9085860016 ISBN13 9789085860013
Reviews - What do customers think about The Russian Vision: The Art of Ilya Repin?
A word from the author Aug 30, 2007
As the author of this work I would like to thank all those who have made such complimentary remarks. In defence of my publisher I would like to point out that we relied solely for our reproductions on the images supplied by Russian museums and galleries, where quality control could be better. Many times we were faced with the dilemma either to go with the reproduction supplied, or show nothing, and given the range and scope of Repin's work we always felt it best to at least show something, rather than just write about it. Given that this is the only title on the market that is so extensively illustrated we hope it will serve its purpose of boosting Repin's appeal. Thanks again to everybody who has been so kind with their comments. It was indeed for me `a labour of love.'
A keystone of Russian Art Jun 19, 2007
Westerners have little cultural exposure to Russian art, which is extremely unfortunate since there are several naturalist painters - Aivazovsky, Levitan, Repin and Shishkin come to mind - whose works should be widely known and appreciated for technical execution, even if the viewer is not a particular fan of representational painting. I was introduced to the painters above through a chapter in Paul Johnson's Art: A New History (a 5-star book), and based on the limited samples therein, I set about acquiring one good book on each of them.
The specific painting chosen by Johnson to celebrate Repin's skill is "The Return," a dramatic evocation of the family turmoil and shock created by the unexpected release of a political prisoner from a labor camp, and his entrance into the family sitting room. This painting is so compelling that acquiring a Repin book became a high priority. I had especially wanted to see other examples of his work detailing the environment of Russian political repression. After several years of false starts and trying to order books on perpetual back-order, I succeeded in locating this volume, which probably ranks as the definitive Repin book available in English.
It is true, as another reviewer stated, that the color reproductions leave something to be desired - and may even be atrocious - but the book showcases Repin's development as a painter, and his historical importance as a member of the Wanderers school. In particular, it demonstrates his mastery of many themes going far beyond the scope of "political repression," which is what Johnson's example and text discussion had led me to expect.
My quibble with the book is the dearth of color plates. Given that Repin's oeuvre is so inaccessible to Westerners, the more that could have been stuffed in the book, the better.
GREATTT!! May 14, 2007
Repin is the great virtuoso of the russian art.This beautiful book showing his art and his period.Book's paper quality and binding extra fine.As well giant art catalog!If you want a repin book, you will order this!
Took me twenty five years to get an Ilya Repin book! Apr 9, 2007
If you love art - wonderful meaningful art - get this book. If you need a gift idea for a culture vulture friend or a sentimental Russian - buy this book. It is really a satisfying art book. I have over a thousand art books and this one floats my boat.
The artist is wonderous, the reproductions atrocious. Apr 2, 2007
I haven't got the book with me so I can't point to the page that truly defines this effort but the painting it obliterates is Ivan the terrible and his son. Here is what they do: First it is important to remember that this is Repin's best known painting, thus it gets a two page spread! On this two page spread there are two margins of about an inch, on each side of the painting. The key point, the focus for the entire painting is the face of Ivan and his son. This focal point is square in the middle of the binding, completely cut from view unless you want to tear the book out of its bindings (not a bad idea). Had they moved the painting off center by... say 3/4s of an inch either left or right they would have had the focal point in view. They could have also made it a one page picture and used close ups to see detail. Unfortunately, it doesn't actually matter because the reproduction is so dull that the blood, yes that is blood, is a rather bland greyish red. I understand that Repin was working from a limited palatte here and that the remainder of the painting is rather bland but not those reds. Now the written portion of this book is well done as far as I have read, so this isn't a complete loss but for good reproductions of Repin's work the wait continues.