Nun (1887) by Ilya Repin

Nun - Ilya Repin - 1887

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ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Nun

The artwork titled “Nun” is a portrait created by the artist Ilya Repin in the year 1887. It exemplifies the Realism art movement, which emphasizes the depiction of subjects as they appear in everyday life without embellishment or interpretation. The genre of this work is portraiture, a form that aims to represent the visual appearance of an individual or a small group.

In this solemn portrait by Repin, the subject is portrayed with a marked intensity and emotional depth. The nun, clad in a traditional dark habit, carries an expression that is both reflective and introspective. Her eyes gaze out towards the viewer with a look that seems to convey a complex inner life. The background surrounding the figure is rendered in muted, dark tones which underscore the gravity and contemplative mood of the artwork. Attention is drawn to the texture and detail of the nun’s garment, which is depicted with a rich interplay of light and shadow, further enhancing the realistic portrayal of the figure. The artist’s choice of color scheme, lighting, and brushwork all converge to create a work that not only captures the physical likeness of the subject but also her psychological state. Through this portrait, Repin has encapsulated a moment of quiet reflection, inviting the viewer to ponder the world beyond the canvas.

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