Portrait of A. Gallen Kallela (1920) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of A. Gallen Kallela - Ilya Repin - 1920

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of A. Gallen Kallela
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions100 x 81 cm
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of A. Gallen Kallela

The artwork “Portrait of A. Gallen Kallela” by Ilya Repin, created in 1920, is an oil on canvas piece that firmly belongs to the Realism art movement. The portrait measures 100 x 81 cm and stands as a testament to the genre of portraiture, which seeks to capture the essence of the individual subject.

In the artwork, the subject is depicted in what seems to be a relaxed pose with his elbow resting on a surface and hand supporting his head—a gesture conveying a sense of contemplation or rest. The subject’s face is detailed with thoughtful brushstrokes, accentuating sharp features and a commanding stare that draws the viewer directly to his vividly depicted eyes. A bold mustache rests above the lips, contributing to the subject’s distinguished appearance.

The palette is largely composed of earthy tones with a strategic use of whites and reds to highlight particular features, such as the flushed cheeks and the intensity of the subject’s gaze. The brushwork is expressive and dynamic, characteristic of Repin’s style, providing texture and movement within the portrait. The background remains loosely defined, allowing the focus to remain firmly on the figure.

Ilya Repin’s signature and the date of the artwork’s creation are prominently displayed in the lower right corner, offering a direct connection to the artist’s hand. The lack of extraneous detail and the directness of the composition exemplify the Realism movement’s objective to depict subjects truthfully, without artifice or stylization.

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