Repin was a Socialist Realist; one of a group of young artitsts known as ‘itinerents’. He traveled to Paris and saw the work of the Impressionists but it didn’t affect his own work, which remained realistic portrayals of common people and historical events. I was given a book of his work years ago. I’d never heard of him. I found the paintings beautiful and moving. He lived till 1930…a long time.