Portrait of the Actress Pelagey Strepetova (1882) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of the Actress Pelagey Strepetova - Ilya Repin - 1882

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of the Actress Pelagey Strepetova
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions61 x 50 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationTretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

About Portrait of the Actress Pelagey Strepetova

The artwork “Portrait of the Actress Pelagey Strepetova,” created in 1882 by the Russian realist painter Ilya Repin, is a quintessential example of his skill and the Realism art movement. Executed in oil on canvas, the portrait measures 61 by 50 centimeters and encapsulates the essence of the genre with its compelling depiction of the individual. It is currently held in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia.

This artwork showcases a woman portrayed with a vivid sense of immediacy and psychological depth. Her face is rendered with a naturalistic approach, capturing the light on her features and the intensity of her gaze. The use of chiaroscuro enhances her visage, bringing a three-dimensional quality to the painting. The subject’s expression is thoughtful and piercing, suggesting a moment of introspection or a pause in conversation. The attire of the subject is modest, yet detailed, particularly around the collar, where light catches on the ruffled fabric. Her dark clothing creates a stark contrast against the warmer, muted tones of the background, which appears indistinct, ensuring that the focus remains intensely on the subject. Repin’s masterful brushstrokes provide a texture to the painting that gives a palpable sense of the subject’s presence, making it a fine example of his portrait work and the realist tradition he was a part of.

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