Portrait of a Woman (1887) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of a Woman - Ilya Repin - 1887

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of a Woman
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of a Woman

The artwork titled “Portrait of a Woman” was created by the Russian artist Ilya Repin in the year 1887. It is aligned with the Realism art movement, which emphasizes the depiction of subjects as they appear in everyday life without embellishment or interpretation. This particular piece is a portrait, a genre that focuses on representing an individual or a group of individuals.

Upon examination of the artwork, one observes a woman portrayed almost in profile with a slight turn of her head towards the viewer. Her expression is gentle, composed, and she exudes a quiet confidence. The artist’s choice of dark background accentuates the subject, drawing attention to her visage and attire. The woman wears a white garment with intricate textures and lace details, paired with a delicate, pastel-hued scarf that drapes softly around her neck. Atop her dark hair, a small arrangement of fresh flowers serves as an adornment, adding a touch of natural beauty and a sense of freshness to the composition.

Repin, known for his keen observation and ability to capture the psychological nuance of his subjects, has skillfully rendered the subtle interplay of light and shadow on the woman’s face, highlighting her features with a lifelike quality. The careful treatment of the textures in her clothing demonstrates the artist’s mastery over his medium and his dedication to realism. Despite the apparent simplicity of the scene, the work conveys a rich inner world of the subject and reflect the verisimilitude that characterizes Repin’s oeuvre.

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