Ilia Efimovich Repin (Russian, Chuguev 1844–1930 Kuokkala)
Oil on canvas
22 1/2 x 17 3/8 in. (57.2 x 44.1 cm)
Gift of Humanities Fund Inc., 1972
Not on view
The sitter in this Russian realist portrait has not been identified. It was painted in the same year as Repin's portrait of Garshin (1972.145.2). The boy's pensive pose resembles the attitude of a boy called Matveyev who Repin painted in 1881 (Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow). These early portraits are straightforward, sober statements that rival the work of contemporary realists in France.
Inscription: Signed and dated (right, in Russian): I. Repin / 1884/x/15
Boris A. Bakhmeteff, New York (probably 1930s or earlier–d. 1951); Humanities Fund Inc., New York (1951–72)
Moscow. State Tretyakov Gallery. "Ilia Efimovich Repin, 1844–1930: In Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of His Birth," October 7–December 15, 1994, not in catalogue.
St. Petersburg. State Russian Museum. "Ilia Efimovich Repin, 1844–1930: In Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of His Birth," February 20–May 15, 1995, not in catalogue.
Vitale Manin. Letter. received March 8, 1977, based on a photograph, states that this painting seems to be unquestionably original and interesting, although nothing is known about it and it is not recorded in the Repin literature.