Interior (etude) (1883) by Ilya Repin

Interior (etude) - Ilya Repin - 1883

Artwork Information

TitleInterior (etude)
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions14 x 23 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationTretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

About Interior (etude)

The artwork “Interior (etude)” by the Russian artist Ilya Repin is an oil on canvas painting dating back to 1883. This piece is a charming example of the Realism art movement and is categorized as a sketch and study. It is of modest size, measuring merely 14 x 23 cm. Presently, the painting is housed in the Tretyakov Gallery located in Moscow, Russia.

The artwork depicts a room filled with an assortment of items, painted in a loose and impressionistic style which is typical for a study. The brushwork is fluid yet precise enough to suggest the form and structure of the room and its contents. The use of light and shadow is dramatic, with stark contrasts that give the room depth and a tangible presence. Predominant warm red tones imbue the scene with a sense of coziness and warmth, suggesting perhaps a domestic interior or a corner of an artist’s studio. Various objects can be discerned within the composition—furniture, items on a table, and what appears to be paintings or framed works adorning the walls, invoking an aesthetic and artistic ambiance. Yet, there is a substantial amount of detail left to the viewer’s imagination due to the sketch-like nature of the work.

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