Leisure (1882) by Ilya Repin

Leisure - Ilya Repin - 1882

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ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Leisure

The artwork titled “Leisure” was created by the renowned artist Ilya Repin in 1882. It is representative of the Realism art movement, characterizing the work as a truthful depiction of everyday scenes without idealization. Specifically, this piece falls into the genre of sketch and study, showcasing a more spontaneous and immediate capture of the subject.

The artwork features a woman at rest in a relaxed posture, with one arm casually draped over the back of a chair. Her head is tilted downward, suggesting that she may be asleep or lost in contemplation. The dress she wears has embellishments on the bodice, conveying a sense of casual elegance. The artist has employed fluid, expressive lines to delineate her figure and attire, creating a dynamic sense of form and movement even within the stillness of the scene. The sketch is rendered in a loose, yet confident style, typical of an artist’s preliminary work, where capturing the essence of the moment is more crucial than meticulous detail. The artwork conveys a poignant sense of tranquility and the simple beauty of a moment of rest.

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