Study of an Old Man

1878, Ilya Repin

On loan from Tate: Bequeathed by Peter Provatoroff 1964, © 2000 Tate

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In 1876 after three years in Paris, Repin returned to his birthplace of Chuguyev in the Ukraine, where he painted a number of peasant portraits and everyday subjects. A famous example of the former is his 'Peasant with the Evil Eye' of 1877 (Moscow, Tretyakov Gallery). This study probably formed part of the same series.

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