Portrait of I.R. Tarhanov (1892) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of I.R. Tarhanov - Ilya Repin - 1892

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of I.R. Tarhanov
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of I.R. Tarhanov

The artwork, “Portrait of I.R. Tarhanov,” created by the distinguished artist Ilya Repin in 1892, is a quintessential exemplification of the Realism art movement. This genre of the portrait beautifully captures the subject, offering a window into the personality and the time in which it was painted. The formal characteristics and the essence of the period are encapsulated in this singular piece of artistry.

The subject of the artwork is depicted with a strong presence, dressed in a dark, formal military uniform adorned with distinctly visible medals and rank insignia. His intense gaze is directed toward the viewer, imparting an air of confidence and intellect. A notable beard frames his contemplative expression, emphasizing his distinguished appearance. The subject’s posture, with one hand lightly touching his temple and the other resting on what appears to be the back of a chair, suggests a moment of reflection or decision-making.

Repin was known for his ability to capture the psychological complexity of his subjects, and that nuanced skill is evident here. The subdued color palette primarily focuses on the deep blacks and shades of gray in his uniform, allowing the red piping and the silver of the medals to stand out, drawing attention to the subject’s military status. The brushstrokes visible in the artwork reflect the hallmarks of Realism, striving for an accurate depiction of life and character rather than idealization. The background remains neutral and nondescript, ensuring that the focus remains steadfastly on the figure. The year of the painting and Repin’s signature are also discernible on the bottom right, etched into the background in an understated yet unmistakable script.

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