Portrait of the Artist A. P. Bogolubov (1876) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of the Artist A. P. Bogolubov - Ilya Repin - 1876

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of the Artist A. P. Bogolubov
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions117 x 90 cm
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of the Artist A. P. Bogolubov

The artwork, “Portrait of the Artist A. P. Bogolubov,” is a notable creation by the esteemed artist Ilya Repin, crafted in 1876. Employing the medium of oil on canvas, Repin delves into the Realism art movement to vividly depict his subject. The portrait spans 117 cm by 90 cm and clearly falls within the genre of portraiture, providing a visual representation and insight into the character of the artist A. P. Bogolubov.

The painting reveals an elderly gentleman outfitted in a dark, formal suit with a vest and a distinctively ornate tie. His gaze confronts the viewer from beneath a furrowed brow, showcasing eyes that seem alive with intensity and perhaps a touch of pensiveness. One of his hands grasps a couple of paintbrushes, which, paired with his apparel, hints at the subject’s own artistic vocation.

Behind him lies a richly patterned background, possibly indicative of an opulent, well-appointed interior, characteristic of the era and status of individuals such as Bogolubov. The artist’s command of color and texture is evident in the tapestry-like backdrop, which contrasts with the more somber tones of the subject’s clothing. The lively rendering of Bogolubov’s beard and the detailing of his hands and brushes all serve to bring forth an almost tangible realism within the portrait. Repin’s talent for capturing the essence of his subjects is unmistakably displayed in this reverent portrayal of his fellow artist.

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