Portrait of Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1887) by I.Ye. Repin

Portrait of Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1887) by I.Ye. Repin
«Portrait of Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1887) by I.Ye. Repin»

Portrait of “Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy” painted by Ilya Yefimovich Repin in 1887 / Oil on canvas.

Ilya Repin (1844-1930) was the greatest Realist painter. The State Tretyakov Gallery posses more than 150 paintings and a collection of drawings, watercolors and pastels who has left a large and varied artistic heritage. His works extremely varied, robust and unique in its broad coverage of Russian life. He painted several portraits of the great Russian writer Lev Tolstoy, whom he especially revered.

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received multiple nominations for Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906, and nominations for Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902 and 1910, and his miss of the prize is a major Nobel prize controversy.

Born to an aristocratic Russian family in 1828,he is best known for the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction. He first achieved literary acclaim in his twenties with his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (1852–1856), and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based upon his experiences in the Crimean War. Tolstoy's fiction includes dozens of short stories and several novellas such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886), Family Happiness (1859), and Hadji Murad (1912). He also wrote plays and numerous philosophical essays.

Photo #101 taken on September 02, 2016

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