Portrait of E.G. Mamontova reading (1879) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of E.G. Mamontova reading - Ilya Repin - 1879

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of E.G. Mamontova reading
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of E.G. Mamontova reading

The artwork titled “Portrait of E.G. Mamontova reading” was crafted by the eminent artist Ilya Repin in the year 1879. It is created within the Realist art movement, aiming to represent subject matter truthfully, without artificiality, and avoiding speculative fiction and supernatural elements. Specifically, this work falls within the genre of portraiture, seeking to capture the essence of an individual.

In examining the artwork, one observes a profile view of a woman engrossed in reading. E.G. Mamontova, the subject of the portrait, appears absorbed in the content of an open book she is holding with both hands. Her expression is one of concentration and contemplation, which Repin captures with delicate yet distinct lines that convey a sense of both realism and immediacy. The finesse in the rendering of her facial features, hair, and hands is notable, as Repin pays great attention to the details that articulate her engagement with the book. The composition of the artwork places her within an undefined space, allowing the viewer to focus entirely on the subject without the distraction of a detailed background or setting. Repin’s skillful handling of the medium, the subtlety of the shading, and the overall composition exemplify the Realist movement’s objectives and showcase his ability to depict human figures with liveliness and psychological depth.

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