A man in white jacket (1913) by Ilya Repin

A man in white jacket - Ilya Repin - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleA man in white jacket
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About A man in white jacket

The artwork titled “A man in white jacket” was created by the artist Ilya Repin in 1913. This piece is rendered in the Realism art movement and takes the form of a portrait. It represents an earnest attempt by Repin to capture the likeness and essence of his subject with detail and authenticity, hallmarks of the Realist approach.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a profile view of a male figure who appears to be engrossed in deep thought or contemplation. The subject is dressed in a white jacket adorned with what seems to be a red insignia or decoration near the shoulder area, adding a touch of color to the otherwise muted palette. A distinctive black hat with a red band sits atop the man’s head, framing his features and adding a sense of depth to the composition.

The artist’s brushwork is evident throughout, with textured applications of paint delivering a tactile quality to the surface. Attention is given to the way light plays across the various textures, from the soft fabric of the jacket to the weathered features of the man’s face. The background is rendered with loose, broad strokes of green and dark hues, allowing the figure to stand out as the focal point of the composition.

Repin’s signature is clearly visible on the lower right-hand side of the artwork, providing a final, personal touch from the artist. The painting is a testament to Repin’s mastery of portraiture and his dedication to capturing the human condition through his art.

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