Ceremonial Sitting of the State Council on 7 May 1901 Marking the Centenary of its Foundation by Ilya Repin

Ceremonial Sitting of the State Council on 7 May 1901 Marking the Centenary of its Foundation by Ilya Repin

Ceremonial Sitting of the State Council on 7 May 1901 Marking the Centenary of its Foundation
1903
Realism
Oil on canvas
Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

A monumental canvas portraying Tzar Nicholas II with his advisory body, composed of top officials and outstanding citizens gathered in the Round Room of the Mariinsky Palace, St. Petersburg. Members of State Council and Chancellery are in full-dress uniform and the Tzar and senior members of the Imperial family are flanked by their ministers, the gravitas of the scene is emphasized by the sheer scale of the piece and the ornate Neoclassical detail of the interior, implying political might and historical significance

Ilya Repin

Ilya Repin
Realism, Naturalism
Born: 24 July 1844, Chuguev, Russian Empire
Nationality: Russian
Died: 29 September 1930, Vipuri Province, Finland

One of the foremost advocates of naturalistic representation from any artistic era Repin defined essence of Russian Realism. From the humble beginnings of his birth he became an artist of bedazzling skill and insight, creating technically skilled work which conveyed a deep sensitivity to human emotion and suffering, and to historical and political events. Repin was committed to the spirit of the peasant class of his roots which allowed his art to be a humane social commentary. Despite being highly critical of Tsarist oppression his work brought him fame within state institutions. It is perhaps ironic that as an adopted patriarch of drab Social Realism the power of his work resonates much further than that milieu or any narrow context

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