Portrait of K.B. Boleslavova (1913) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of K.B. Boleslavova - Ilya Repin - 1913

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of K.B. Boleslavova
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of K.B. Boleslavova

The artwork titled “Portrait of K.B. Boleslavova” is a distinguished piece by the artist Ilya Repin, created in the year 1913. This painting is a representation of the Realism art movement, and it falls under the genre of portraiture. In the tradition of Realism, Repin captures the subtleties of the human form and the characteristics of the sitter with remarkable fidelity.

In the artwork, the subject, presumably K.B. Boleslavova, is depicted seated at a desk, engaging the viewer with a gentle gaze that implies both composure and astuteness. She is attired in a vibrant red dress with a white lace collar, which offers a striking contrast against the richly textured, predominantly red background. The countenance of the sitter conveys an air of thoughtfulness, underscored by the placement of her hands as she carefully writes or perhaps pauses in contemplation. To her immediate right, a closed book and other writing implements rest upon the wooden surface, suggesting an intellectual or literary pursuit.

Repin’s use of vivid colors and textured brushwork brings an intensity and immediacy to the scene, inviting onlookers to ponder the subject’s personality and the environment in which she is situated. This portrait, true to the Realist ethos, avoids idealization, opting instead for honesty in the representation of its subject and the mood of the moment captured.

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