Portrait of Nicholas II, The Last Russian Emperor (1895) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of Nicholas II, The Last Russian Emperor - Ilya Repin - 1895

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Nicholas II, The Last Russian Emperor
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions210 x 107 cm
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of Nicholas II, The Last Russian Emperor

The artwork “Portrait of Nicholas II, The Last Russian Emperor” was painted by the renowned artist Ilya Repin in 1895. It is an oil on canvas painting that belongs to the Realism art movement, measuring 210 by 107 centimeters. This piece is classified as a portrait and illustrates the last Emperor of Russia with great detail and formal realism.

In the artwork, Nicholas II is depicted standing in full-length in a formal, upright posture. He wears a dark military uniform adorned with gold epaulets and aiguillettes, which suggest his high rank and the responsibilities of imperial command. His attire is meticulously rendered with crisp lines and rich color contrasts, showcasing the ornate textures of the fabric and the shine of the buttons and decorations. Nicholas II’s facial expression is solemn and introspective, with a hint of pensiveness or concern, possibly reflective of the weight of his imperial duties.

The background of the portrait consists of a muted golden hue that places the focus on the figure and his attire, while still providing a sense of depth and ambiance. A red chair and an elaborate, patterned tablecloth add a touch of opulence to the composition, further emphasizing the imperial setting. On the floor, a patterned carpet echoes the richness of the surroundings. The overall composition speaks to the stature and formality expected of a portrait of a reigning monarch, while also giving a glimpse into the personality and the era of Nicholas II.

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