Interesting facts from the biography of Ilya Repin

• Interesting facts from the biography of Ilya Repin

There are artists whose paintings he had seen everyone and their name can not remember. But with the work of Ilya Repin this had never happened. Moreover, he attributed the authorship of paintings by other painters. The artist is lucky to earn recognition during his lifetime. Contemporaries admired his distinguished manner of writing, the reality of "what is happening" in the picture, even despite the fact that some Repin himself seemed a bit strange.

Interesting facts from the biography of Ilya Repin Interesting facts from the biography of Ilya Repin

Monks (not stopped there). LG Solovyov, 1870.

It so happens that the painter credited with the work of Lev Solovyov "Monks (not stopped there)." Perhaps everyone has heard the phrase "Repin" Sailed ", which means no-win situation. In 1930 the canvas hung alongside works by Repin. Someone decided that it also refers to the works of Ilya Efimovich. And then the picture of the "cross" in the "Sailed".

Interesting facts from the biography of Ilya Repin

Ivan the Terrible and his Son November 16, 1581 "Ilya Repin. 1883-1885 gg.

For the painting "Ivan the Terrible and his Son November 16, 1581" entrenched "bad" fame. When the canvas was first posted on the show, it has caused mixed reactions visitors: some wept, others began hysterically rush.

In January 1913 a mentally unstable painter Abram Balashov, shouting "Enough blood, too much blood!" Ran the picture three times and cut her with a knife. Ilya Repin and restorer Igor Grabar was able to restore the masterpiece.

Interesting facts from the biography of Ilya Repin

Vladimir Mayakovsky. Ilya Repin did not like the new trends in the art of the early twentieth century, but Vladimir Mayakovsky poem made strong impression on him. The artist wanted to paint a portrait of the poet, that had to be taken as the highest praise of his person.

Repin has repeatedly stressed that he wanted to portray the "inspired" hair of the young tribune. When Mayakovsky appeared in the artist's studio at the appointed hour, he exclaimed in horror: "What have you done .. Oh!"

It turned out that the poet specially went to the barber, and shaved his head. Instead of a huge canvas Repin took a tiny and sadly went to work: "What a pity! And it's you manage! "Mayakovsky comforted him, they say, will grow.

Interesting facts from the biography of Ilya Repin

Ilya Repin and NB Nordman-Severova (center) at the "spinning" table where the hosts and guests dined together with the servants.

It is known that Ilya Repin was a vegetarian. His second wife Natalia Norzhman-Severova with which the artist lived for 15 years, completely rebuilt diet around him, forcing all to give up meat. When visitors came to Repin, then on the table was served soup hay or cranberry steak. Knowing this, the guests brought with them the meat and secretly ate it somewhere around the corner.

Once Ilya Yefimovich invited me to Ivan Bunin, to paint his portrait, he gladly agreed. It should be noted that the writer was a gourmand. His stay with the artist he described as follows:

"I gladly hurried to him, because what it was an honor - to be written Repin! And now I come, wonderful morning sun and bitter cold, courtyard garden Repin, prevented at the time to vegetarianism and in the open air, in the deep snow, and the house - the windows open. Repin meets me in boots, fur coat, fur hat, kisses, hugs, leading to his studio, where too cold, and says: "Here I have to write in the morning, and then we'll have breakfast as the Lord God commanded: grass, my dear, grass! You will see how it cleans the body and soul, and even your damn tobacco soon abandoned. "

I began to bow low, warmly thank, muttered that tomorrow will come, but now have to immediately rush back to the station - terribly urgent business in St. Petersburg. And immediately set off in all haste to the station, and then rushed to the sideboard, vodka, smoked, jumped into the car, and from St. Petersburg sent a telegram: dear Ilya Yefimovich, I say, in despair, urgently summoned to Moscow, leaving now ... "

Interesting facts from the biography of Ilya Repin

Self-portrait. Repin.

Interesting facts from the biography of Ilya Repin

Ilya Repin with strapped to his belt palette.

Over the years, Ilya Repin began to deny the right hand. People inclined to mysticism, associate it with the painting "Ivan the Terrible and his Son November 16, 1581," if it were damned.

One way or another, but Repin began to write his masterpieces with his left hand. Later, he invented for himself the original device. His palette was mounted on a belt at the waist, thus freeing both hands.

Interesting facts from the biography of Ilya Repin

Ilya Repin in his studio.