Portrait of B.A. Kaminka (1908) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of B.A. Kaminka - Ilya Repin - 1908

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of B.A. Kaminka
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of B.A. Kaminka

The artwork entitled “Portrait of B.A. Kaminka” is a work by the notable artist Ilya Repin, created in the year 1908. This work is representative of the Realism art movement and falls under the genre of portraiture. Repin’s mastery of capturing the essence of his subjects is evident in such realistic portrayals.

In the artwork, the subject is depicted seated comfortably in a plush, red armchair, which stands out vividly against the dark and richly textured background. The subject’s attire is formal, consisting of a dark suit, a white shirt, and a tie, reinforcing the dignified atmosphere of the composition. His expression conveys a sense of solemnity and introspective thought, with a direct gaze that engages with the viewer. Surrounding the figure, one observes a well-appointed room with elegant, dark wood furnishings and items that suggest a person of intellectual or professional prominence, such as books, documents, and what appears to be a writing desk with a desk lamp. The use of light and shadow, along with the warm color palette, creates depth and adds to the overall compelling realism of the piece. Repin’s signature and the year of the painting’s completion are inscribed in the lower right corner, adding authenticity to the artwork.

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