Repin, talking in high artistic circles, met a famous art critic, art critic Stasov, who over time became a good friend to him. They often travel together.
One day, together with Stasov, Repin arrives in Dresden, where they stay at a local hotel. Here, in the room, the artist writes a masterpiece “Portrait of V. V. Stasov.”
Repin had long offered his friend to write his portrait, but there was no time on constant journeys. And now, now, time has come. This was due to the fact that, because of some holiday, the gallery was closed, and friends could not leave without visiting the exhibition.
The artist respected his friend Stasov with deep respect. He called him in his memoirs “a noble knight”, said that his high ideological nature did not allow him to create art for art. Stasov was respected and even feared by critics of lower levels. His frankness, directness, adherence to principle is expressed in the portrait with all the power of artistic skill.
However, it was not only the severity and power of character that the great artist managed to write onto the canvas. In each of his sitter Repin saw first of all a living human soul. She is the first plan expressed in the portrait of V. V. Stasov.
Repin wrote inspirational for two days in a row, Stasov patiently posed. The portrait is associated with an amazing event, which Repin himself often recalled. After the picture was painted, Repin put it on the chair, in which his sitter used to sit. A servant came in and respectfully greeted Repin, and then with a portrait.
The artist sincerely laughed, but he understood the completeness of his work and no longer made a single stroke in it. All this suggests how masterfully Repin wielded an artistic brush. Stasov lived in his picture, because the artist conveyed not only the look, but also the soul.