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A group of Russian artists associated with the Society of Wandering (Travelling) Exhibitions, a body founded in 1870 by a number of artists who resigned from the Imperial Academy of Arts in St Petersburg because of its rigid traditionalism. They toured their works around Russia and painted in a Social Realist manner, depicting scenes of peasant or middle-class life intended to arouse pity or inspire the oppressed to better themselves. The Society, which numbered Ilya Repin (1844–1930) and other leading Russian painters among its members, lasted until 1923, but by then it, too, had become conservative in the art it promoted.

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