The Penates estate bought by Ilya Repin, one of Russia's greatest realist painters of the 19th century, was, when he bought it, in Finland in Kuokkala. In 1948 the area became Russian and the town renamed Repino in his memory. While only able to view his home externally the mainly glass studio, still with much evidence of his tools and equipment, was easily visible. The gardens with their "follies" - wooden structures representing the " temple of Isis and Osirus" and the Sheharezade Tower to name but two. Set in woodland with towering conifers and deciduous trees , herbaceous borders flowering in profusion , and meandering streams it is easy to see why Repin chose to be buried here when he died in 1930. After the hustle of St Petersburg, and on the warm sunny day we visited it was idyllic. A glimpse of rural Russia with the Gulf of Finland just across the road. Aparently Repin was to art what Tolstoy was to literature at that time and the visit has stimulated us to get better acquainted with this artist.
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