Ivan Kramskoi regarded the creation of collective images of the common people as one of the most important tasks of modern art. He wrote to Ilya Repin: “And what the people have to offer! My God, what an enormous source!” This painting reflects the artist’s ability to concentrate on the most essential things in a portrait. The peasant’s outer appearance and free and relaxed pose evoke a sense of inner calm and independence. The old, wrinkled face radiates warmth and kindness, reflecting the sitter’s great age and wisdom. This portrait was painted in Siverskaya near St Petersburg.


  • Title: Mina Moiseyev
  • Date Created: 1882
  • Physical Location: Russia
  • Physical Dimensions: w450 x h565 mm (Complete)
  • Type: painting
  • Rights: The State Russian Museum, 1927, The State Russian Museum
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Painter: Ivan Kramskoi
  • Original Title: Мина Моисеев
  • Medium Extent: Complete

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