Art gallery is situated in a historical building, former estate of Rasumovsky-Repin. It is a memorial of province architecture of the end of the XVIII beginning of the XIX centuries. It is well preserved up to our days. Since 1820 the estate became a property of prince M.G. Repin, a brother of a Decembrist S.G. Volkonskyy. Aleksey Kirillovich presented it to his daughter Varvara, who married Repin.
Yagotyn picture gallery was opened in 1983. It’s one of the best regional picture galleries in Ukraine. Visitors are attracted by a picturesque beauty of the park, blue lake Big Supoy, the exposition of the gallery and glorious past of the land where for almost three months had been living and working Taras Shevchenko, where Nikolay Gogol, Evgeniy Grebenka, Vasiliy Shternberg and other outstanding personalities had been admiring the splendor of park ensemble.
Gallery has a wide exposition of Ukrainian arts – paintings, drawings, sculpture, ornamental arts. In particular there are many works of Yagotin painters. Their paintings display the history of their native land, glorify spiritual beauty of man. Wonderful landscapes are made with great love.
Adornments of the exposition are the works of national painter Katerina Bilokur. Uneducated peasant she mastered the heights of the painting art, deserved a right to be considered as a pride and splendor of Ukrainian artistic culture. Her poetical works reveal her love and admiration of her country, inimitable in its beauty. In the gallery are presented more than 70 works of Katerina Bilokur and this is the most complete collection of her works: pictures, water colors, graphics, sketches, outlines, studies, her early and unfinished works.
Among thousands of visitors who were enraptured by the pearl of our town, there were many outstanding people. Famous Ukrainian writer Honchar visited the gallery very often. That is what he wrote in a reference book: “Once more we saw Kateryna Bilokur’s works and once more reassured ourselves that here in Yagotin, poetical soul of Ukraine, its’ art Genius, speaks to you… Thanks to museum curators, people who are worth the enchantress of Bogdanovka.”