amazing Philipp Malyavin, Konstantin Somov. Igor remained "a fervent admirer" of Repin for life. In 1896, he left for Munich, enrolled at a private school of painting of Anton Ažbe and soon became assistant to Ažbe. Two years later, Grabar was offered an opportunity to open his own school, but Ažbe made him his equal partner, not for long though, as Grabar accepted a lucrative offer from Prince Shcherbatov and left Munich.
The painter was also an experienced politician and stayed at the top of the Soviet art establishment until his death. He personally advised Joseph Stalin on the preservation of architectural heritage after the war.
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