In the halls of the museum, visitors can see Repin's most famous paintings in detail, including Barge Haulers on the Volga (1870-1873) and Zaporozhye Cossacks Writing a Letter to the Turkish Sultan (1880-1891), both from the State Russian Museum. The exhibition presents more than 130 paintings and drawings for more than sixty years of the master's work. Many works will be shown in Helsinki for the first time.
The exhibition features numerous portraits of members of the artist's family, as well as cultural figures of that time, such as the composer Modest Mussorgsky and the writer Leo Tolstoy. In total, Repin painted more than 300 portraits, including many influential women in culture. Repin, as one of the best portrait painters of his time, captured exceptional psychological depth in his portraits.