T00651 Old Peasant 1878
Inscribed in cyrillic 'I. Repin | 1878. Moskva' b.l.
Oil on canvas, 34 3/4 x 26 3/4 (88.5 x 68)
Bequeathed by Peter Provatoroff 1964
Prov: [?V.O. Girshman, Moscow]; Evelyn Reynolds; Mrs Stephen Winkworth, London; sold by her at Sotheby's, London, 7 June 1961, lot 86 as 'Portrait of a Bearded Man'; bt. Peter Provatoroff, London, ?190
Lit: Igor Grabar, Repin (Moscow 1937), Vol.2, p.267
Repin returned to Russia before his travelling scholarship expired and from 1876 devoted himself mainly to the study of the peasants and country people of his native Chuguyev. This oil sketch is not directly related to any of his large compositions, and seems to belong to the series of peasant portraits which he made towards the end of the 1870s, such as 'Peasant with a Damaged Eye'. The list of Repin's works compiled and published by Igor Grabar in 1937 includes under 1878 a sketch of an 'Old Peasant', formerly coll. V.O. Girshman, Moscow…