Church and bell tower in Chuguyev (1880) by Ilya Repin

Church and bell tower in Chuguyev - Ilya Repin - 1880

Artwork Information

TitleChurch and bell tower in Chuguyev
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions19 x 25 cm
Art MovementRealism

About Church and bell tower in Chuguyev

The artwork titled “Church and bell tower in Chuguyev” is a pencil on paper cityscape created by artist Ilya Repin in the year 1880. Adhering to the Realism art movement, the piece measures 19 x 25 cm and depicts a serene depiction of architectural features within a village setting.

The artwork by Ilya Repin captures the essence of a quiet village scene with meticulous attention to detail. The focal point is the church, its dome and cross set against an open expanse, which is counterbalanced by the robust structure of the bell tower dominating the right side of the composition. The bell tower, constructed with a simplistic ladder and topped by a peaked roof sheltering the bell, stands stark and humble, alluding to the modesty of rural life.

In the surrounding area, the presence of scattered buildings, likely houses or perhaps outbuildings, adds depth and context to the village atmosphere. Repin has skillfully rendered the textures of the wooden constructions and foliage, with shadows and hatching adding to the three-dimensional effect. Lines and contours are drawn with care, inviting contemplation of daily existence in this serene locale.

The relative simplicity of the media, pencil on paper, belies the complexity of the technique and the effectiveness with which Repin conveys the tranquil ambiance of the Chuguyev landscape. It is a testament to the artist’s proficiency in translating the subtleties of light, structure, and space into a monochromatic study.

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