Portrait of M.P. Shevtsova, wife of A. Shevtsov (1876) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of M.P. Shevtsova, wife of A. Shevtsov - Ilya Repin - 1876

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of M.P. Shevtsova, wife of A. Shevtsov
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of M.P. Shevtsova, wife of A. Shevtsov

Created in 1876 by the renowned artist Ilya Repin, the artwork entitled “Portrait of M.P. Shevtsova, wife of A. Shevtsov” is a quintessential example of the Realism art movement. As a portrait, it captures the likeness and character of its subject with a rigorous attention to detail and a nuanced representation of form and light, eschewing idealization in favor of a truthful rendition.

The artwork presents a woman gazing directly at the viewer, her expression serene with a faint hint of introspective thought. Her features are rendered with meticulous care, allowing her individuality to emanate from the canvas. The eyes, in particular, hold a depth that suggests a person of contemplation and poise. The woman’s attire is of a modest yet refined fashion, indicative of the period; she is dressed in a dark garment complemented by an intricately detailed, lacy white collar that drapes over her shoulders, adding a textural contrast to the composition. A subdued palette dominates the scene, with the earthy background serving to enhance the naturalistic representation of the subject. The skillful interplay of light and shadow in the artwork adds to its lifelike quality, a hallmark of Repin’s mastery in portraiture and his dedication to the principles of Realism.

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