Portrait of Tatiana Rechinskay (1882) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of Tatiana Rechinskay - Ilya Repin - 1882

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Tatiana Rechinskay
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationTretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

About Portrait of Tatiana Rechinskay

The artwork titled “Portrait of Tatiana Rechinskaya” is a distinguished piece by the Russian artist Ilya Repin, completed in the year 1882. The medium utilized is oil on canvas, and it embodies the Realism art movement. Classified as a portrait, it is a part of the collection at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia. The artwork captures the essence of its subject with the nuanced skill and profound realism for which Repin is renowned.

In the artwork, the subject, Tatiana Rechinskaya, is depicted in three-quarter profile. She appears to be seated, and her gaze is directed out of the canvas, engageing with something or someone outside of the viewer’s perspective. Her facial expression is contemplative and somewhat introspective, which imbues the portrait with a sense of individual character and emotional depth.

Tatiana’s attire features a detailed dark dress with intricate designs and buttons, which contrast with the muted background and the soft, light-colored fabric draped over her shoulders. In her hair, delicate flowers are carefully arranged—these floral accents add a touch of elegance and femininity to her somber expression. Repin’s deft handling of light and texture conveys the softness of the fabric and the petals, as well as the richness of the dress.

The artist’s masterful use of chiaroscuro emphasizes the volume of Tatiana’s facial features and attire, creating a realism that is characteristic of Repin’s oeuvre. The palette is subdued, yet the presence of subtle color variations in the background and the fabric enhance the overall mood of the painting. The artwork stands as a poignant representation of the subject’s persona and the artistic acumen of Ilya Repin, grounded firmly in the principles of the Realism movement.

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