Portrait of Maria Andreeva (1905) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of Maria Andreeva - Ilya Repin - 1905

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Maria Andreeva
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationBelarusian National Museum of Fine Arts, Minsk, Belarus

About Portrait of Maria Andreeva

The artwork “Portrait of Maria Andreeva” is an oil on canvas painting created by the celebrated Russian artist Ilya Repin, dating back to the year 1905. Repin, known for his mastery in the Realist movement, has employed his skills to capture the likeness of Maria Andreeva. This portrait is categorized under the genre of portraiture and exemplifies the realistic approach to art making. It is currently housed at the Belarusian National Museum of Fine Arts in Minsk, Belarus.

The artwork reveals a figure of a woman elegantly adorned in black attire, which contrasts with the lighter background hues, likely hinting at an outdoor setting. Notably, the woman’s wardrobe choices and the style of her wide-brimmed hat suggest fashion from the early 20th century. Repin’s technique gives prominence to the woman’s contemplative expression and poised demeanor. Her eyes seem to carry a depth of character and her facial features are rendered with the delicate yet precise brushwork characteristic of Repin’s portraiture. The bokeh-like treatment of the background enhances the focus on the subject while providing a sense of ethereal ambiance. The lighting in the artwork accentuates the facial features and textures of the clothing, reinforcing the realism that Repin is renowned for. The woman’s pose, resting her chin in her hand, introduces an introspective quality, possibly intimating at a moment of thought or repose. Further observations would reveal the finely executed details such as the jewelry and the intricate woodwork of the chair, which add layers of realism and texture to the piece.

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