Portrait of the Artist Grigory Myasoedov (1886) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of the Artist Grigory Myasoedov - Ilya Repin - 1886

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of the Artist Grigory Myasoedov
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationTretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

About Portrait of the Artist Grigory Myasoedov

The artwork “Portrait of the Artist Grigory Myasoedov” is a creation by the renowned Russian artist Ilya Repin, completed in 1886. This oil on canvas embodies the Realist movement, a genre to which Repin contributed significantly. The portrait genre is leveraged to reveal the character and essence of the sitter, in this case, Grigory Myasoedov. Presently, the artwork is housed in the Tretyakov Gallery located in Moscow, Russia.

The artwork presents a half-length portrait of a bearded man, likely in his middle years, rendered with a deft realism characteristic of Repin’s style. The subject, Grigory Myasoedov, is depicted with a natural posture and a contemplative gaze directed off to the side, out of frame. The lighting accentuates the rugged textures of his hair and beard, as well as the fine details of his facial features, evoking a sense of the subject’s personality and intellectual presence.

The composition makes effective use of chiaroscuro, with the subject’s face and hands illuminated against the dark background, drawing the viewer’s attention to his expression and to the delicate rendering of his hands. There is a depth to the painting that suggests an intimate moment of reflection or pause, giving a glimpse into the character of Myasoedov as perceived by Repin. The attention to detail in the artwork, such as the capturing of the light on the chain of the pocket watch and the texture of the clothing, speaks to Repin’s skill in portraying not only the physical likeness but also the inner life of his subjects.

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