Man’s best friend (1908) by Ilya Repin

Man's best friend - Ilya Repin - 1908

Artwork Information

TitleMan's best friend
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions97 x 126 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Man's best friend

The artwork titled “Man’s best friend” was painted by the artist Ilya Repin in 1908. This oil on canvas masterpiece falls under the Realism art movement and can be categorized specifically as animal painting. The dimensions of the work are 97 by 126 centimeters, and presently, it resides within a private collection.

The artwork depicts a solitary dog standing on what appears to be a sandy shore. The broad, expressive brushstrokes are indicative of Repin’s realistic yet emotional painting style. Colors are employed with a naturalistic sensibility; the warm hues of the sand contrast with the cooler tones of the dog’s fur. The dog itself is portrayed with a certain attentiveness, looking out towards the viewer, its pose suggesting a moment of rest or contemplation. There’s a sense of loyal companionship conveyed through the dog’s attentive expression and stance, possibly hinting at the intrinsic bond between humans and dogs, as suggested by the title. The artist’s signature and the date are clearly visible in the bottom left corner of the artwork. This evocative depiction is a testament to Repin’s ability to capture both the physical likeness and the spirit of his subjects, which in this case, is a dog that might represent the universally appreciated loyalty and friendship that these animals provide to humanity.

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