Portrait of Nadezhda Borisovna Nordman-Severova (1909) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of Nadezhda Borisovna Nordman-Severova - Ilya Repin - 1909

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TitlePortrait of Nadezhda Borisovna Nordman-Severova
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of Nadezhda Borisovna Nordman-Severova

The artwork “Portrait of Nadezhda Borisovna Nordman-Severova” is a creation by the artist Ilya Repin, completed in 1909. This piece is characterized by the Realism art movement and categorized as a portrait. The artwork embodies a poignant representation of its subject, encapsulating the essence of Repin’s skillful portrayal of character and emotion.

In this intricate portrayal, the subject, Nadezhda Borisovna Nordman-Severova, is seated in an informal, yet gracefully composed posture. The artwork brims with rich textural details, evident in the depiction of the attire and accessories. Nordman-Severova’s attire, particularly noteworthy is her red hat, which adds a vibrant pop of color, creating a striking contrast with her fur coat and the colorful floral pattern of her dress. The facial expression of the subject is rendered with sensitivity, capturing a gaze that appears introspective and serene, hinting at her personality and the milieu of the era she represents.

Repin’s brushwork demonstrates a masterful balance between precision and spontaneity, a hallmark of his style within the Realist paradigm. The backdrop is executed with broad and loose strokes, allowing the viewer’s focus to be drawn towards the figure and her fine clothing. The luminance of the subject’s skin tones against the muted background further accentuates her presence, imbuing the artwork with a resonant sense of realism and depth.

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