Old woman by Ilya Repin

Old woman - Ilya Repin -

Artwork Information

TitleOld woman
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions18 x 12 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationAbramtsevo Colony, Sergiyev Posad, Russia

About Old woman

The artwork titled “Old woman” is an oil painting on canvas by the artist Ilya Repin, a notable figure in the Realism art movement. The portrait measures a modest 18 by 12 centimeters and can currently be found at the Abramtsevo Colony in Sergiyev Posad, Russia. The genre of this piece is portraiture, depicting an elderly woman with an expression that conveys great character and possibly a glimpse into her life experiences.

In examining the artwork, one is immediately struck by the austere and direct gaze of the subject—an elderly woman whose face exudes resilience. The artist’s use of brush strokes is expressive, allowing the texture of the oil paint to relay the tactile qualities of the woman’s wrinkled skin and the fabric of her clothing. Her attire is simple and unadorned; a dark shawl covers her head, and she dons a white blouse with a brown apron—garments that are suggestive of a modest lifestyle.

The use of light and shadow on the woman’s face highlights the contours of her strong features, while the background remains abstract and subdued, ensuring that the focus remains on the subject. Repin’s skill in capturing the nuances of human expression and his attention to detail in the clothing textures make this portrait a poignant study in the depiction of age and the human condition. The Realism art movement, to which Repin belonged, is known for its dedication to representing subjects truthfully without artificiality, and this artwork serves as a testament to that philosophy.

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