Apples and Leaves (1879) by Ilya Repin

Apples and Leaves - Ilya Repin - 1879

Artwork Information

TitleApples and Leaves
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Apples and Leaves

The artwork titled “Apples and Leaves” was crafted by the esteemed artist Ilya Repin in the year 1879. This piece, executed in the medium of oil on canvas, is representative of the Realism art movement and is classified within the still life genre. The artwork is notable for its candid and direct portrayal of the subject matter, eschewing romanticism and idealization in favor of a true-to-life depiction, which is characteristic of the Realist approach to art.

In “Apples and Leaves,” the artist presents a simple yet evocative arrangement of fruit and foliage. The composition features a series of apples, with a variation in hues from vibrant reds to more subdued greens, nestled amid a scattering of leaves that appear to have fallen naturally onto a surface. The leaves are various shades of green, with some showing signs of yellowing, implying a transition from one season to the next or the natural process of decay. The background is dark and unobtrusive, effectively making the colors of the apples and the leaves stand out, emphasizing the natural beauty and the textural contrasts of the subjects. The play of light and shadow is subtle, yet it enhances the three-dimensionality of the forms and contributes to the overall sense of realism. Repin’s attention to detail and his ability to evoke the tactile quality of the objects serve as a testament to his mastery of the still life genre.

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