Russian artist, Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge (1831-1894) was a realist painter and an early Russian Symbolist painter. Lev Tolstoy , Russian novelist. This magnificent replica is skillfully hand painted in Russia, by I.V. Shepel. Mounted within an ornate frame. Intimate size, genuine painting, made in Russia. About 6" x 8".
About the artist: Igor Viktorovich Shepel was born in 1961 in the city of Rostov-on-the-Don. From 1978-1984 he studied at the Rostov College of Arts (named after Mitrofan Borisovich Grekov 1882-1934, founding father of Soviet military theme and panoramic painting). Shepel is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia and participates in many regional and personal exhibitions. He works and teaches at the Grekov Art School. He specializes in museum quality art done in oil, Russian masterpiece replicas as well as replicas of Western masters, both complex and simple. He is especially fond of painting landscapes as well as renditions of famous Russian icons. Many of his works are in museums, galleries and private collections in Russia, Germany, Brazil, and Canada.