Portrait of a Woman (Olga Shoofs) (1907) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of a Woman (Olga Shoofs) - Ilya Repin - 1907

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of a Woman (Olga Shoofs)
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of a Woman (Olga Shoofs)

The artwork titled “Portrait of a Woman (Olga Shoofs)” is a creation by Ilya Repin dated to the year 1907. This portrait is a manifestation of the Realism art movement, which is exemplified by Repin’s attention to the realistic depiction of the subject’s appearance and character. The genre of this piece is portraiture, a field in which Repin excelled, often capturing the essence and personality of his subjects with notable finesse.

The artwork features a woman dressed in an elegant white garment, with fine lace and detailed embroidery evident upon close examination. Her attire suggests refined taste and perhaps a position of social standing. Adorning her head is a stylish hat, accentuated by a striking red flower, which lends a pop of color to the composition. Her hair is neatly arranged, peeping out from under her hat, framing her face which is rendered with a soft, warm palette.

There is a gentle dignity in her expression, a mixture of friendliness and composure, as she slightly inclines her head and gazes directly at the viewer. The background behind her remains subdued and indistinct, ensuring that the focus remains solely on her. The brushwork visible in her attire and the surroundings exhibits both textural diversity and a dynamic quality, adding a sense of depth and dimension to the portrait.

Repin’s masterful manipulation of light and shadow gives the woman’s face a luminous quality, with the contours of her cheeks, nose, and chin depicted with subtle variations of tone that suggest volume and form. His portrayal of the woman’s eyes, slightly shadowed yet bright, seems to convey her inner life and character. Overall, the artwork exudes an air of quiet sophistication and captures a momentary, yet timeless, representation of its subject.

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