A Parisian Café by Ilya Repin Will Lead Christie’s Forthcoming Russian Sale

Participants inspect a painting called 'A Parisian Cafe' by artist Ilya Repin during the Fine Art Auction House Christie's Moscow exhibition, April 1, 2011. Participants inspect a painting called ‘A Parisian Cafe’ by artist Ilya Repin during the Fine Art Auction House Christie’s Moscow exhibition, April 1, 2011. Ilya Repin’s A Parisian Café, the last great work by this preeminent Russian master in private hands, will lead Christie’s forthcoming Russian sale, which will take place on Monday 6 June in London. A unique canvas in Repin’s work, A Parisian Café is quite atypical of his celebrated Russian subjects and marks a critical turning point in the then young artist’s burgeoning career. Painted during Repin’s stint as an student in Paris 1873-76. The finished work, exhibited in Paris in April-May 1875 under the title Un café du boulevard, provoked a heated exchange with his prime mentors, Vladimir Stasov and Ivan Kramskoi, with Repin defending his right to artistic independence.