Postcrossing: Artwork by Repin

This postcard was sent by Ksenia from Ukraine, it features the painting by a Russian artist named Repin. She added that this painting depicts the Ukrainian peasant houses back in the early days, Repin completed this painting in 1880.

Ilya Repin - Self portrait. Pic:

Ilya Repin – Self portrait. Pic:

Ilya Repin was a talented Russian painter of the Peredvizhniki School, who was held up by the Soviet government as an artist to be imitated by the new school of Socialist Realists. At the age of 22, Repin began his art career at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, the same time as the “Rebellion of the Fourteen,” when 14 young artists left the school after refusing to paint mythological paintings for their diplomas.

These artists would later form the Society of the Peredvizhniki, which Repin joined in 1878. Repin and the free thinking “itinerants,” as they were also called, rebelled against the formal academy, insisting that art should reflect real life. As an art student, his travels took him to Italy, Paris and Impressionist Exhibitions, and although he was exposed to the vivid colors and quick brush strokes of the impressionist style, he remained true to his unique form of realism. (

What I also love about this postcard is the 2 Chinese zodiac postal stamps she put on. The design is so cool, I wish I have a set of it of my own.

From: Ksenia
Country: Ukraine
Postcard series: Old artworks themed postcard
Received: April 2014



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2 Responses

  1. Massy says:

    This is so kewl. I would love to do it but I won’t know where to start. It’s like randomly sending postcards to people. I did send one to my sis when I was in Japan.

    • Tom Rungitom says: is the best place to start, reminds me of my first blog entry on Postcrossing 2 years ago! 😀
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