Portrait of Anton Rubinstein (1909 – 1915) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of Anton Rubinstein - Ilya Repin - 1909 - 1915

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Anton Rubinstein
ArtistIlya Repin
Date1909 - 1915
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of Anton Rubinstein

The artwork titled “Portrait of Anton Rubinstein” is the creation of artist Ilya Repin, crafted in the period between 1909 and 1915. This painting is a fine example of the Realism art movement, which is characterized by its representation of subjects as they appear in everyday life, without embellishment or interpretation. It depicts a scene in the genre of portraiture, focusing on the figure of Anton Rubinstein.

In the artwork, Anton Rubinstein stands as the conductor, dominantly positioned in the center with his baton raised mid-motion, denoting the act of leading an orchestra. He is dressed formally in a black suit with a white shirt and bow tie, suggesting the importance and formality of the event. Behind him, a music stand holds the conductor’s score, its presence signifying readiness for performance. The conductor’s energetic pose and focused expression convey a sense of immersion and passion for the musical piece at hand.

The background is washed in a soft, light hue, creating an ethereal glow that seems to highlight the conductor even further. The audience is depicted in impressionistic strokes, densely packed and fading into the crowded assembly, establishing a sense of depth and space where the conductor commands attention. The overall composition emphasizes the stature and intensity of the protagonist, with careful attention to the play of light and color that contribute to the lifelike portrayal consistent with the Realist approach.

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