Portrait of Jelizaveta Zvantseva (1889) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of Jelizaveta Zvantseva - Ilya Repin - 1889

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Jelizaveta Zvantseva
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions89 x 69 cm
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of Jelizaveta Zvantseva

The artwork “Portrait of Jelizaveta Zvantseva” by the venerated artist Ilya Repin was created in the year 1889. It is an oil painting on canvas, measuring 89 by 69 centimeters and is a fine example of the Realism art movement. As a portrait, it captures the likeness and character of the sitter with fidelity and psychological depth, hallmarks of Repin’s portraiture.

In the portrait, Jelizaveta Zvantseva is depicted against a rich, textured background of warm and cool hues, predominantly in shades of soft rose and deeper mauve, which frame her figure and focus attention on her face and upper body. She is dressed in a modest yet elegant black dress with full sleeves and a high neckline, which is softened by the lace detailing. Around her neck, she wears a choker adorned with what appears to be a small brooch or ornament.

Her expression is reserved, with a slightly thoughtful or introspective quality. Repin’s mastery in portraying his subjects with nuanced expressions is evident here, as he skillfully conveys a sense of the sitter’s personality and inner life. Her hands are gently clasped and rest in her lap, which, along with her direct gaze, adds to the dignified, calm demeanor she presents. The contrast of her pale skin against the dark attire and the varied background emphasizes her visage and the subtle detailing of her features.

Repin’s work in “Portrait of Jelizaveta Zvantseva” aligns with the principles of Realism by aiming for truthful and objective representation, capturing a moment of authentic human experience without idealization. The attention to detail, from the texture of her skin to the fabric of her dress, showcases the artist’s technical prowess and commitment to bringing the reality of his subject to the viewer.

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