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Job and Friends. 1869

Repin Ilya,
Oil on canvas
133 x 199

State Russian Museum

Пост.: 1924 из 33-й трудовой школы (бывш.гимназии Человеколюбивого общества), Ленинград


The Old Testament tells the story of the sufferings of Job. Although he loses all his possessions, buries his children and is covered with sores, Job still refuses to condemn God. His friends are dumbfounded when they come to visit him. This scene was depicted by Ilya Repin for an Academy programme. The young artist was awarded a minor gold medal for this work in 1869

Author's Biography

Repin Ilya

Repin, Ilya Yefimovich
1844, Chuguyev (Kharkiv Province) - 1930, Kuokkala (Finland)
Painter, draughtsman, watercolour painter, portraitist, history painter. Studied under local artists at the School of Military Topography in Chuguyev (1854-57), under Ivan Kramskoi at the School of Drawing, Society for the Encouragement of Artists (1863) and at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1864-71). Fellow of the Imperial Academy of Arts in Italy and France, lived mostly in Paris (1873-76). Academician (1876). Professor, full member of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1893). Member of the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (1878, exhibited from 1874). Headed a studio at the Higher School of Art, Imperial Academy of Arts (1894-1907) and taught at Princess Maria Tenisheva''s school of art (1895-98). Lived in St Petersburg and Moscow, settled in Kuokkala (1900).

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