Sign in to favourite Sign in to add to album Geographical notes close Places are defined in terms of modern geography. Copyright Information close This artwork is in public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. If you are a copyright owner of this artwork, or his/hers legal representative, and you do not agree that this artwork is public domain, please let us know email@example.com WikiArt.org allows unlimited copying, distributing and displaying of the images of public domain artworks. Artworks protected by copyright are supposed to be used only for contemplation. Images of that type of artworks are prohibited for copying, printing, or any kind of reproducing and communicating to public since these activities may be considered copyright infringement. Public domain ← → Unexpected Visitors Ilya Repin Date: 1884 - 1888 Style: Realism Genre: genre painting Media: oil, canvas Dimensions: 160.5 x 167.5 cm Location: Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia File Source: www.artrenewal.org Order an oil painting reproduction Ad Image dimension 750x552px, View all sizes This is the second (and most known) version of the Unexpected Visitors. The first one was painted by Repin in 1883; it was significantly smaller both by size and by quantity of personages (the main character was a girl accompanied by a woman and two more girls, supposedly her mother and sisters). Before long, Repin started to paint the second version. He worked in his country house not far from St.Petersburg; the room portrayed in the picture was artist’s living room. As models for female characters, he used his wife, mother-in-law, and his daughter. In a year Unexpected Visitors was exposed in a Traveling Art Exhibition. However, the artist continued to improve this picture within next four years. In particularly, he repainted the face of the young man (a political exile who unexpectedly came back home) four times in search of a proper expression. It is generally believed that by depicting various reaction of young man’s household Repin tried to show diverse but mostly positive attitude of society toward revolutionary movements of that time. Actually, under strict censorship of Czarist Russia, it was a political declaration disguised as an everyday genre scene. Ilya Repin Famous works Barge Haulers on the Volga Ilya Repin · 1870 - 1873 Sadko Ilya Repin · 1876 Portrait of the Composer Modest Musorgsky Ilya Repin · 1881 Krestny Khod (Religious Procession) in Kursk Gubernia Ilya Repin · 1880 - 1883 Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581 Ilya Repin · 1885 Portrait of Leo Tolstoy Ilya Repin · 1887 Unexpected Visitors Ilya Repin · 1884 - 1888 The Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mahmoud IV Ilya Repin · 1889 - 1896 Not expected Ilya Repin · 1883 - 1898 View all 541 artworks Related Artworks Children in the forest Ivan Kramskoy The ill woman Vasily Polenov Kramsky, who writes a portrait of his daughter, Sofia Ivanovna Archaeology from marriage Juncker Ivan Kramskoy Headquarters of commander of Ruschuksk detachment in Brestovets Vasily Polenov A soldier with a bundle of firewood Vasily Polenov On the Balkony Siverskaya Ivan Kramskoy Dunkey Driver in Cairo Vasily Polenov Fountain of the Virgin Mary in Nazareth Vasily Polenov S. I. Mamontov, P. A. Spiro, at the piano Vasily Polenov Pertuiset, Lion Hunter Edouard Manet Peasant Woman in a Cart Valentin Serov Dungeon Vasily Polenov Moonlit Night Ivan Kramskoy On the boat. Abramtsevo. Vasily Polenov Veranda Ivan Kramskoy Fist fight on the Moscow River Boris Kustodiev Caesarian fun Vasily Polenov Granny's Orchard Vasily Polenov In Winter Valentin Serov In a Village. Peasant Woman with a Horse Valentin Serov 1 Load more Advertisement.