Haulers cross wade (1872) by Ilya Repin

Haulers cross wade - Ilya Repin - 1872

Artwork Information

TitleHaulers cross wade
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions62 x 97 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationTretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

About Haulers cross wade

The artwork in question is “Haulers on the Volga” by the celebrated Russian artist Ilya Repin, completed in the year 1872. It is executed in oil on canvas and exemplifies the Realism art movement, measuring 62 by 97 centimeters. As a genre painting, it depicts a scene of everyday life and is currently housed in the Tretyakov Gallery located in Moscow, Russia.

The artwork captures a group of barge haulers, depicted with stark realism and intense emotional depth. At the center of the composition, we see several men laboriously dragging a large boat along the river. Their faces and postures convey the immense strain and exhaustion of their toil, while the vibrant yet restrained use of color underscores the harshness of their labor. A notable contrast is achieved through the use of light and shadow, as well as the juxtaposition of the men’s efforts on the rugged shore against the fluid expanse of the river. Despite the grueling work, each figure displays a unique expression, hinting at individual stories and a shared experience of hardship. This painting is illustrative of Repin’s skill in capturing the human condition and his sensitivity towards the socio-economic realities of his time.

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