Ilya Yefimovich Repin (1844 – 1930) was a Russian Realistic painter and sculptor. He received his first lessons in art in 1858; In 1863 in St. Petersburg he enrolled in the School of Drawing attached to the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts and later in the Academy of Arts. His graduation work, The Resurrection of Jairus' Daughter, won a Gold Medal. He taught at the St. Petersburg Academy (1894-1907) and was an influential member of the Wanderers. Repin occupies a position alongside Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. He is considered Russia's foremost national artist. 
Portrait of Leo Tolstoy, 1887.
Wedding of Nicholas II and Grand Duchess Alexandra Feodorovna, 1894.
They Did Not Expect Him, 1884 - 88.
Among Repin's most famous canvasses are The Volga Boatmen (1872), The Archdeacon (1877), Portrait of the Composer Musorgskii (1881), Religious Procession in the Kursk Province (1878-83), Portrait of Pavel Tret'iakov (1883), They Did Not Expect Him (1884), Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan: November 16, 1581 (1885), and Zaporozh'e Cossacks Writing a Reply to the Turkish Sultan (1880-91). Ibidem