The portraits of Repin were very rich. The figures he painted with distinct personality were portrayed exquisitely. This depended on his outstanding realistic skills. The painting Portrait Of The Composer Modest Musorgsky was one of the representative works of portraits.The painting depicted that when Musorgsky was ill in hospital, the resolute and tenacious spirit of this great composer was emphasized. The painter used the perspective of looking up to show this great musician, whose head and chest formed the angle of rotation, sharp eyes and resolute character to be showed in front of the audience.
Repin liked to use a kind of relaxed and lively style to depict their relatives and close friends, similar to a portrait of the genre paintings. In 1892 the “Observer” magazine commented on
like an old man. The arrival of Repin made Musorgsky feel freshed and sit up from the bed. In the ward, Repin spent four days completing the portrait of Musorgsky. A few days later, Musorgsky died. The painting was purchased by Tretyakov (now preserved in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow). Repin devoted all the remuneration and built the monument in the tomb of Musorgsky.