At age ten, Ilya Repin watched his cousin paint a watermelon. The budding artist regarded the process of creating an illusion out of raw pigments as utterly magical, and he “never lost fascination and wonderment for the process of painting, investing it with an autonomous, mystical, almost religious quality.”
This, according to David Jackson’s new biography of the 19th Century realist, entitled Ilya Repin: The Russian Vision.
Below: Repin's early work "Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom." (Click on it to enlarge.)
Tomorrow: Storage Tip for Watercolor Tubes