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Portrait of Anton Rubinstein. 1887

Repin Ilya,
Oil on сanvas
110 x 85

State Russian Museum

Пост.: 1918 из собр. Н.Д.Ермакова, Петроград


Anton Rubinstein (1829–1894) was a leading Russian pianist and composer. He founded the St Petersburg Conservatoire and often performed in Western Europe and the United States. Ilya Repin described the composer in a letter to the music and art critic Vladimir Stasov: “Interesting head, like a lion.” This portrait of Anton Rubinstein is one of Repin’s most dynamic compositions.

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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