Everything is Better With Mice: #36

Before the fall of a starving artist got suspended because life happened, I had amassed a huge number of commissions, since I was absolutely sure I would continue appropriating one work of art a week no matter what. Dear to whom I promised a mice artwork, I apologize for the delay and, as the spring and the summer of a starving artist progress, I will do my best to honor all of the requests I received.

Hence, today, the spring of a starving artist continues with the commission long overdue. A dear friend of mine requested a painting by a prominent Russian artist Ilya Repin which everybody in the post-Soviet space knows under the title of “Ivan the Terrible kills his son.” Repin painted it in 1885, and the original title was “Ivan the Terrible and his son, November 16, 1581.” The painting depicts a well-known (but frequently contested, especially by people who for some reason like to sanctify Russian tsars, because let’s face it, of all Russian people historically royalty always suffered the most) episode from the life of a Russian tsar who might have moratlly wounded his son in a fit of rage.


Mixed media: acrylics, tempera, watercolors, pencil on paper.

This painting was very hard to micefy — reportedly, it was difficult for Repin to paint due ot its disturbing subject matter, but for me, rugs were my downfall. Before I sat down to work on this painting, I had never paid attention to how photographically exact Repin’s depiction of the interior was. Now I have two enemies — drapery and rugs.

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