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Metropolitan Museum in New York Recognized Aivazovsky and Repin as Ukrainian Artists

One of the largest art museums in the world, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, recognized Ivan Aivazovsky and Ilya Repin as Ukrainian artists.

As stated in Aivazovsky’s profile on the Metropolitan website, he was born in the Crimean city of Feodosia, in a family of Armenians. “Like most ambitious artists in the Russian Empire at the time, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in the cultural capital of St. Petersburg,” says his biography. From now on, instead of “Russian” there is “Ukrainian” in the profile.

Similar changes took place in Repin’s biography on the Metropolitan website – now instead of “Russian” there is “Ukrainian” in front of the artist’s name.

The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art renamed the painting by the French impressionist Edgar Degas “Russian Dancers” to “Dancers in Ukrainian Costumes”. In addition, the Metropolitan recognized that Arkhip Kuindzhi, an artist born in Mariupol, is a Ukrainian artist.