A key figure in the art world of his time, Repine took an interest in different aspects of culture, from literature to music and science. He was very close to many Russian personalities such as the writer Leo Tolstoy, the composer Modest Mussorgsky, and the collector Pavel Tretyakov. Witness to the many upheavals that shook Russia during his lifetime, Repine was particularly attentive to the profound historical and social changes that shaped his country, echoing them through his work.
Thanks to an immersive design approach and exceptional loans, the exhibition transports visitors to the Russia of Tsars and revolution. It presents the diversity of subjects and styles developed by Repine over the course of his career, offering a vast panorama to better discover this painter of the soul of Russia.
Exhibition curators: Christophe Leribault, Director of the Petit Palais ; Stéphanie Cantarutti, Chief curator of 19th-century paintings at the Petit Palais ; Tatiana Yudenkova, Head of the painting department (second half of the 19th century – early 20th century) at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
With the generous support of Mrs. Natalia Logvinova Smalto, founder of the Fondation Signature – Institut de France