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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Ilya Repin is a true favourite of the public and you will find him to be a popular choice for art print reproductions, far above some marginally more famous artists. This is due to his realist style and also the inspiring content that can be found in some of his most famous paintings.

The colours, the honesty and the depictions of real lives have helped Repin to build up a solid foundation of support in the years that have followed since his career took hold. The element of Soviet life adds an extra twist of intrigue against other European realism artists who were predominantly from central European nations, most commonly France. Repin's output as an artist was extraordinarily high, but somehow he managed to retain a consistently high quality in each piece. The artist's most famous paintings are considered to be Barge Haulers on the Volga, Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks, Ivan the Terrible and his Son and Religious Procession in Kursk Province, but his overall oeuvre features an exciting and varied blend across over five hundred paintings.

The breath of content within Repin's career is extraordinary. He was a master in history painting, a key genre from the past few centuries that has helped us to visually understand key moments in the continent's history. Artists such as Ingres have spent years trying to build a reputation in this genre because of the prestige that it brings to an artist's career as well as the financial rewards that can then follow. Whilst seeing some of the most significant figures in his nation's history within some of his better known portraits, Repin never ignored the lives of those in lower levels of society. He was passionate about featuring those who other artists would simply ignore and this approach proves particularly important and popular amongst the art public of the modern era. You will find similar in the work of Courbet and Bruegel.

The detail used by Repin means that art print reproductions of his work should ideally be quite large, in order to fully appreciate the level of work put in by the artist. The highest quality paper and print would also be recommended as online retailers vary substantially in terms of quality. A solid but simple frame will also help to protect your printed artwork, as well as adding a certain style to the finished product. Some also prefer a small card between frame and artwork which allows the original work to stand out even more. All these options are many more are available from a number of high profile retailers, though always consider any potential shipping costs when ordered the framed pieces.

Repin was amongst the most hard working artists in history and just the paintings that have been positively identified as his own up to now total over 500. There are then large numbers of study drawings to throw in as well. In all there are thousands of artworks to pick from for your Repin art print, and many of the best retailers have an extensive selection of them. This is aided by the fact that copyright was removed from his career many years ago, because of the amount of time that has passed since his death. That also helps to keep costs down, with no licensing to pay for.

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