Nevsky Avenue (1887) by Ilya Repin

Nevsky Avenue - Ilya Repin - 1887

Artwork Information

TitleNevsky Avenue
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions30 x 41 cm
Art MovementRealism

About Nevsky Avenue

The artwork titled “Nevsky Avenue” was created by artist Ilya Repin in 1887. This pencil drawing, standing within the Realism art movement, measures 30 x 41 cm and can be classified as a cityscape genre. Reflecting the artistic aim of Realism to depict subjects truthfully without artificiality, “Nevsky Avenue” captures a scene from the bustling streets of a city, offering a glimpse into the urban life of the period.

The artwork portrays a busy city street teeming with activity and life. Various figures populate the scene, suggesting a diverse cross-section of society engaged in their daily routines. In the foreground, individuals and groups are illustrated in varying degrees of detail, with some faces and clothing rendered with more attention, while others are mere hints of form and motion. A horse-drawn carriage occupies a central position, adding a dynamic element to the composition.

The background features architectural elements indicative of a developed urban space, including buildings with different heights and designs, as well as a prominent clock tower that serves as a focal point. The depth of the scene is depicted through the diminishing scale of figures and structures towards the horizon. Overhead, street lamps punctuate the space, leading the eye along the avenue, further emphasizing the perspective.

Repin’s use of pencil allows for a range of textures and shades, creating a sense of atmosphere that is both immediate and ephemeral. The artwork manages to convey not just the physicality of Nevsky Avenue, but also alludes to the rhythm and energy that define the essence of urban existence.

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