Portrait of P.A. Stolypin (1910) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of P.A. Stolypin - Ilya Repin - 1910

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of P.A. Stolypin
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of P.A. Stolypin

The artwork entitled “Portrait of P.A. Stolypin” is a distinguished piece created by the venerated artist Ilya Repin in 1910. This illustrious portrait is an exemplar of the Realism art movement, aimed at depicting subjects as they appear in everyday life without embellishment or interpretation. As a genre, the portrait offers a direct and personal portrayal of individuals, capturing their essence and character through the skillful use of paint.

The artwork portrays P.A. Stolypin in a seated position against a backdrop dominated by a deep red hue that both complements and contrasts with his sober attire. He is comfortably seated, appearing relaxed and introspective. Dressed in a formal black suit with a white shirt and black tie, Stolypin exudes an air of quiet authority and contemplative intellect. His face is rendered with a particularly high level of detail, allowing viewers to discern not only his physical features but also a sense of the man’s solemnity and depth of character. Repin’s mastery of light and shadow comes to the fore in the way the subject’s visage is illuminated, drawing attention to his thoughtful expression.

In his hands, Stolypin holds a sheet of paper, perhaps a document of state or a letter of import, indicative of his engagement with matters of consequence. The artist’s skillful brushwork adds a tactile quality to the paper and brings a realistic texture to the subject’s clothing and hair. Despite the artwork’s overall dark palette, Repin’s strategic use of lighter tones spotlights the hands and face of Stolypin, emphasizing the personal and human aspects of the portrait. This attention to detail and the nuanced interplay of light and color are hallmarks of Repin’s realist approach and contribute to the painting’s enduring allure and psychological depth.

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