Evening party (1881) by Ilya Repin

Evening party - Ilya Repin - 1881

Artwork Information

TitleEvening party
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions116 x 186 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationTretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

About Evening party

The artwork “Evening Party” was created by the artist Ilya Repin, a renowned figure in the Realism art movement. Completed in 1881, this genre painting is executed in oil on canvas, with dimensions of 116 x 186 cm. It is part of the collection at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia, where it remains on display for the public to view and appreciate.

Describing the artwork, one observes a vibrant scene of communal leisure and entertainment, typical of 19th-century Russian social gatherings. The composition powerfully captures the warmth and energy of the evening, focusing on a group of villagers engaged in spirited celebration. In the center stands a woman dancing, her movements rendered with a sense of immediacy and vitality that suggests the rhythm and sounds filling the space. Around her, the other figures appear enthralled by the performance, with musicians playing traditional instruments that enliven the atmosphere. The violinist, prominently positioned, plays intently, while another figure claps his hands to the beat.

The setting is rich with cultural detail—the walls adorned with pictures and textiles, the facial expressions individuated to convey a wide range of emotions from joy to absorption. The chiaroscuro, the play of light and shadow, is masterfully employed, highlighting the central dancer and the immediacy of the moment, while the rest of the room fades into a comfortable dimness, adding to the feeling of intimacy. It is a convivial snapshot of rustic life, with an authenticity that speaks to Repin’s ability to portray his subjects with both empathy and verisimilitude.

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