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Sadko... by PD-Art Sadko... by PD-Art
... 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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hatedbymany1974 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Recently I saw the film version which was retitled The Magic Voyage of Sinbad for American release in the 1960s....they even changed the appearance of the character on the U.S. release film poster and everything. I guess it was because some American distributor who saw the film at an International Film Festival back then and fell in love with it wanted to release it in the U.S. at the time, but because of the Cold War...
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Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Professional Photographer
This has so many different facets to it. I love originality of your work. Simply stunning. :heart:
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stephanielkern Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
I think my heart stopped. this is what I love.
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zenkriz Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
magnificent!
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obsessedkitten Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
wow... this is amazing :)
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