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Monday, 4 August 2008

The Village of Shirayevo in Samara oblast shall celebrate the Birthday of Ilya Repin

A Self-Portrait of Ilya Repin (1878).

The press service of the Samara oblast informed RIA-Novosti that the village of Shirayevo shall celebrate the birthday of the great Russian painter Ilya Repin (1844-1930) on Tuesday. Many local residents and tourists are expected to attend the festivities. “Per local tradition, folk-art ensembles shall celebrate the 164th anniversary of the birth of Ilya Repin. In addition, there shall be an exhibition-sale of folk crafts and master classes. During the summer, tourists can visit the home of Ilya Repin, which is now a museum”, the release stated. The spokesman stated that it became a tradition in the village to note the birthday of the artist on 5 August starting in 1994. Ilya Repin came to the village of Shirayevo in the summer of 1870, when he was 26-years-old. It was here on the shores of the Volga that he found the models for his future famous painting Volga Barge Haulers (Burlaki na Volge, 1879).

5 August 2008

Yelena Bubnova

RIA-Novosti

http://www.rian.ru/culture/20080805/115702606.html

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