Here is a group portrait of Slavic composers, commissioned by one of the most successful entrepreneurs of Moscow in the nineteenth century - Porokhovshchikov. Ilya Efimovich Repin - an outstanding artist who took up painting at the very peak of Slavophilism - a stream of literary and philosophical thought, focused on emphasizing Russian cultural identity, a sharp difference from the Western world.
The so-called Slavic Brotherhood of Composers is depicted on Repin's canvas. It is known that some help to the recently graduated Imperial Academy of Arts Repin was provided by Vladimir Stasov, he selected suitable portraits of already dead composers, or those who for some reason could not take their own part in posing for the artist.
Most of the work on the group portrait took place in St. Petersburg, but the painting was already completed in Moscow, now the painting is stored in the state conservatory of the capital. Among the portrayed, one can note Mikhail Glinka in the foreground, with a narrow-eyed look straight at the viewer, next to him are Mili Balakirev, Vladimir Odoevsky and Nikolai Andreevich Rimsky-Korsakov. Behind the foreground group, you can see Alexander Dargomyzhsky, and behind him - Ivan Fedorovich Laskovsky, to the right of the composer - Alexei Fedorovich Lvov in a ceremonial uniform, listening to the speech of Alexei Verstovsky.
At the piano you can watch the Rubinsteins brothers, Serov. The group in the "depth" of the portrait was formed by Gurilev, Bortnyansky and Turchaninov. Frederic Chopin and Oginsky form the background, Lipinsky at the door. The left side of the portrait forms a group of Czech composers - Napravnik, Smetana, Bendel and Gorak. This choice of composers is dictated primarily by the personal musical preferences of the customer, and most musicians are painted from their portraits.
Polenov Vasily Dmitrievich Golden Autumn