Andriy Kot (1880) by Ilya Repin

Andriy Kot - Ilya Repin - 1880

Artwork Information

TitleAndriy Kot
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Andriy Kot

The artwork titled “Andriy Kot,” created by artist Ilya Repin in the year 1880, belongs to the Realism art movement and is characterized as a portrait. The portrayal is executed in a manner consistent with the Realism movement, which emphasizes the truthful and objective representation of subjects as they appear in everyday life.

The artwork presents an individual figure, seated and slightly hunched forward, which allows the viewer to perceive a sense of introspection or pensiveness. The use of chiaroscuro, the contrast of light and shadow, is subtle yet effective in creating a three-dimensional form and drawing attention to the textures of the clothing and the facial features. Repin’s technique in applying the medium, possibly charcoal or graphite, demonstrates a masterful control of line and shading, contributing to the tangible presence of the subject. The attire of the figure suggests a non-formal, possibly working-class status, aligning with Realism’s focus on ordinary people. The skilled rendering of the figure’s clothing and posture provides an insight into the personality or perhaps the mood of the subject at that moment, capturing a snapshot of their life with both empathy and honesty. The artist’s signature and the artwork’s date are visibly inscribed at the top, anchoring it in historical context.

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