Sadko... Picture

... in the Underwater Kingdom

By: Ilya Yefimovich Repin (1844-1930)

Date: 1876

Oil on canvas. 323 × 230 cm.

Location: St. Petersburg, Moscow, Chuhuiv

Public domain.

A painter of great versatility, Repin's work includes scenes of politics, history, and war, still lives, fantasy paintings (as in this example), and scenes from the lives of the ruling and working classes. Some of his scenes are almost socially critical, including commentary on slavery and Christian martyrdom. At the same time, he is known for a number of portraits of aristocratic and academic leaders of his day, including Tolstoy, Mussorgsky, Medeleev, and Tsar Nicholas II.

In his style, he is influenced by French Impressionism as well as Rembrandt, and generally categorised as a realist painter. Like Rembrandt's, his works also exhibit great psychological knowledge of his subjects.

The painting was probably inspired by Rimsky-Korsakov's opera, Sadko, whose titular hero is taken from Russian mythology.

Note: I would have liked to put this in the "fantasy" category, but it didn't fit any of the sub-categories. And there's no category for mythology...
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