Portrait of S.A. Repina (1878) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of S.A. Repina - Ilya Repin - 1878

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of S.A. Repina
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of S.A. Repina

The artwork “Portrait of S.A. Repina,” created by Ilya Repin in 1878, is an exemplary piece representative of the Realism art movement. As a portrait, it captures an individual with a discerning eye for realistic detail and personal expression, devoid of romanticized elements or idealistic overtones characteristic of previous art movements.

The artwork portrays a subject situated against a dark, muted background that foregrounds the individual’s presence. The subject’s gaze meets the viewer’s with an intensity and directness that suggest the presence of a strong personality. The skin tones are rendered with a degree of verisimilitude, showcasing the artist’s skill in capturing the nuances of human complexion under subdued lighting. The attire of the subject is modest and unadorned, consistent with the Realist movement’s focus on ordinary subjects and everyday life. The brushwork is precise, yet there’s a palpable softness in the transition of tones and a naturalism in the depiction of the subject’s features. The overall composition emphasizes the character and psychology of the individual, inviting the viewer to contemplate the person’s identity and circumstances.

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