In the hut (1895) by Ilya Repin

In the hut - Ilya Repin - 1895

Artwork Information

TitleIn the hut
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions41 x 57 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationTretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

About In the hut

The artwork “In the hut” by Ilya Repin, created in 1895, is an oil on canvas painting belonging to the Realism movement. The genre painting measures 41 x 57 cm and is currently housed in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia. This piece exemplifies Repin’s attention to the realistic depiction of everyday life and the living conditions of people during that period.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a compelling scene set within the confines of a dimly lit interior, presumably a humble dwelling. The focal point is a figure seated beside a broad window, through which light pours in, providing a stark contrast to the otherwise somber tones dominating the composition. The interplay of light and shadow is masterfully executed, accentuating the textures of the simple domestic objects and the rustic architecture of the hut. The walls, rough and unadorned, along with sparse furnishings, suggest a setting of modest means.

The figure in the artwork, while rendered with sufficient detail to draw the viewer’s attention, is painted in a way that harmonizes with their surroundings, emphasizing the unity between the individual and their environment—a common theme in genre paintings. As a manifestation of Realism, Repin’s choice of subject matter and his truthful representation of the scene underscore the movement’s commitment to portray the realities of life and society without embellishment.

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