REPIN, Ilya Yefimovich
(b. 1844, Chuguyev, d. 1930, Kuokkala)

The Volga Bargemen

1870-73
Oil on cannvas
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Graduating from the St. Petersburg Academy at the age of 29, Repin helped assure the international repute of Russian art with The Volga Bargemen, which had taken him three years to complete. It was immediately exhibited at the 1873 Vienna World Fair.