Ballet scene (1875) by Ilya Repin

Ballet scene - Ilya Repin - 1875

Artwork Information

TitleBallet scene
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions29 x 22.5 cm
Art MovementRealism

About Ballet scene

The artwork entitled “Ballet scene” was created by the artist Ilya Repin in the year 1875. This work, executed in the medium of oil on cardboard, measures 29 x 22.5 cm. It is an exemplar of the Realism art movement and falls under the genre of genre painting, aiming to represent scenes and narratives from everyday life with a sense of authenticity and attention to detail.

As for the description, the artwork vividly depicts a bustling ballet scene. The setting appears to be an opulent theater, with architecture that includes intricate details such as arched entrances and a grand, multi-tiered seating area populated by an audience. The foreground of the piece presents a variety of elegantly dressed figures, suggesting a social event with a sense of movement and liveliness. The brushwork is expressive, the color palette is varied and rich, emphasizing the contrast between the light and shadow. A ballet performance seems to be either in anticipation or has just concluded, as the focus is more on the spectators and the atmosphere rather than on a specific dance. There is a blending of light and colors that conveys a moment captured in time, evoking the experience of attending such an event during the period depicted.

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