Bridge in Abramtsevo (1879) by Ilya Repin

Bridge in Abramtsevo - Ilya Repin - 1879

Artwork Information

TitleBridge in Abramtsevo
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions38 x 61 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Bridge in Abramtsevo

The artwork entitled “Bridge in Abramtsevo” is a genre painting executed in oil on canvas by the renowned artist Ilya Repin, belonging to the Realism movement. Created in the year 1879, the artwork reflects a mastery of light and shadow and depicts a tranquil, everyday scene. It measures 38 by 61 centimeters and, as of the latest information available, is held in a private collection.

In this artwork, Repin captures a moment of serene contemplation with a solitary figure, a woman in a white dress, standing on an aged wooden bridge surrounded by lush greenery. The figure’s placement and pose suggest a pause, either in movement or thought, creating a narrative that is open to interpretation. The depth of the forest beyond the bridge is rendered through a harmonious play of light filtering through the leaves, giving the scene a sense of depth and natural beauty. Realism, as evidenced here, favors the lifelike representation of subjects and eschews the idealization often found in preceding art movements. Repin’s attention to the details of the bridge and the natural environment, alongside the clear representation of the figure, encapsulates the essence of the Realist ethos.

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