Kyiv Art Gallery shows a collection of works by Repin

The National Museum “Kyiv Art Gallery” invites all art lovers to visit the exhibition, devoted to the 175th anniversary of the birth of Ilya Repin (1844 - 1930) and to the Independence Day of Ukraine. Usually, the museum presents paintings by the artist. The updated exhibit gives you an opportunity to get acquainted with the Repin's collection of works, in particular, with a graphic collection such as drawings and watercolors.

Kyiv Art Gallery

Repin's works belong to the highest achievements of realistic painting of the second half of the XIX century, to the pinnacles of ascetic art. The creative path of Repin, spanning more than half a century, reflected the ideological and artistic pursuits of several generations, embodying the artist's desire for true expression and picturesque beauty.


Ilya Repin was closely connected with Ukraine not only in origin but also sensually. He was in love with Ukrainian nature, man, folklore and raised the problem of Ukrainian style in art. Repin's friends included famous Ukrainian figures such as M. Kropyvnytsky, M. Murashko, D. Yavornytsky, and many others.


The National Museum "Kyiv Art Gallery" keeps a beautiful collection of Repin's drawings, which differ both in purpose and in terms of performance. Created in different periods of creativity, they reflect the development of the Repin as an artist. Most of his drawings date back to the 1880s, a period when Repin's graphics were free from stiffness, and were freely colorful. Many of the drawings are related to his travel around Ukraine and to work on the paintings "Vechornytsi" and "Reply of the Zaporizhian Cossacks". Many works come from the album presented by an artist to his friend Ukrainian historian Yavornytsky. In the drawings depicting folk types, the admiration with which Repin conveyed the national traits and characters of Ukrainian peasants ("Young Ukrainian woman from Striletche village", "Ukrainian peasant", etc.) can be felt.


Unfortunately, graphic works are less accessible to the viewer and therefore less familiar to the viewer. Due to the extreme sensitivity of the paper to atmospheric fluctuations, any illumination, capriciousness and vulnerability of graphic techniques, etc., such sheets rarely appear in permanent exposure. That is why every new meeting with them is especially attractive.


Address: the National Museum "Kyiv Art Gallery", Tereshchenkivska str., 9.