M.K. Tenisheva at work (1897) by Ilya Repin

M.K. Tenisheva at work - Ilya Repin - 1897

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TitleM.K. Tenisheva at work
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions57.5 x 49 cm
Art MovementRealism

About M.K. Tenisheva at work

The artwork entitled “M.K. Tenisheva at work” is an oil on canvas painting created by Ilya Repin in 1897. As a representative of the Realism art movement, this portrait measures 57.5 x 49 cm. It captures the essence of a moment as the subject, M.K. Tenisheva, is engaged in her creative process.

In the artwork, one observes a figure adorned with a wide-brimmed hat embellished with flowers. The subject stands with her back toward the viewer, creating a sense of intrigue and mystery. Her silhouette is predominantly in shadow, which suggests an intense focus on her activity. In front of her is an easel with a canvas that appears to be a work in progress, capturing the true essence of an artist at work. The light cascades from the background highlighting certain aspects of her form and giving a glimpse of her environment.

The background is interrupted with strokes of various shades, possibly indicating a cluttered space typical of an artist’s studio. There is another figure in the background, which could be suggestive of a model or a visitor, adding to the narrative that Repin is renowned for within his work.

The portrayal of the artist, actively engaged in her work rather than posing for a portrait, is reflective of the Realism movement’s focus on depicting subjects in their natural state. The technique used by Repin, his attention to the play of light and darkness, and the lifelike representation of the scene, all contribute to the dynamism and authenticity of the painting.

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