Portrait of T.L. Tolstaya (1893) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of T.L. Tolstaya - Ilya Repin - 1893

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of T.L. Tolstaya
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of T.L. Tolstaya

The artwork “Portrait of T.L. Tolstaya” is a painting by Ilya Repin completed in 1893. As a notable work of the Realism art movement, this portrait genre piece captures the likeness and essence of T.L. Tolstaya with a remarkable fidelity to the subject’s appearance and demeanor.

The portrait depicts T.L. Tolstaya seated, her hands gently resting on the back of a chair. Her attire is of a somber, dark hue, rich with textural detail that suggests the fabric’s quality and weight. She is adorned with a pearl necklace and a belt that features a prominent, ornate buckle, hinting at a modest yet refined taste. The subject’s direct gaze engages the viewer, conveying a sense of calm intelligence and subtle assertiveness. Repin has masterfully captured the light on her face, emphasizing the facial features with a luminous quality that contrasts with the overall darker tones of the composition.

The background is loosely rendered, with bold, impressionistic strokes of deep reds and hints of lighter shades that create a vibrant, almost abstract setting. This technique effectively isolates the figure, drawing the viewer’s focus to the subject’s poise and expression. Repin’s signature and the date are inscribed on the lower right, confirming the artwork’s authenticity and the period of its creation. The overall effect is one of psychological depth, capturing not just the physical likeness but also suggesting the inner life of T.L. Tolstaya.

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