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PAINTING THE RUSSIAN SOUL INTO A CORNER AND HANGING IT ON THE WALL


You might say that Russian realism as the style of painting embodying the national spirit, came into its own with “Barge Haulers on the Volga” (lead image), the famous oddity painted by Ilya Repin over three years, 1870-73, following his graduation from the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg.

The canvas depicts a team of burlaki towing a vessel through the Volga sandbars, its sail furled under a headwind strong enough to fill the sail of the barge on the far side of the river. On the masthead the Russian flag is flying upside down, blowing from …read more

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