Portrait of the Artist Ivan Kramskoy (1882) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of the Artist Ivan Kramskoy - Ilya Repin - 1882

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of the Artist Ivan Kramskoy
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationTretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

About Portrait of the Artist Ivan Kramskoy

The artwork “Portrait of the Artist Ivan Kramskoy” was painted by the renowned Russian artist Ilya Repin in 1882. This oil on canvas work is an exemplar of the Realism art movement and serves as a portrait genre piece. The artwork is housed in the esteemed collection of the Tretyakov Gallery, located in Moscow, Russia, where it remains accessible to the public for viewing and appreciation.

This particular painting by Ilya Repin depicts the notable Russian painter Ivan Kramskoy, seated in what appears to be an interior setting. Kramskoy presents with an assertive and contemplative demeanor, captured mid-thought by the astute eye of Repin. His dress is of the period, consisting of a dark suit complemented by a white shirt and tied cravat, suggesting a man of considerable standing and respectability. The dark tonalities of the suit contrast with the artist’s fair complexion and the stark white of his shirt’s cuff, drawing the viewer’s attention to his hands and face, which are rendered with meticulous detail.

Kramskoy’s gaze is directed slightly off-canvas, inviting speculation about his thoughts or the focus of his attention. His expression is serious, marked by the furrows of his brow and a full beard framing his face, which combine to convey an aura of wisdom and intensity. Repin’s brushwork lends texture to the backdrop and the sitter’s clothing, whereas the skin tones and facial features are painted with smoother, more refined strokes, emphasizing the humanity and character of Kramskoy.

The overall composition and the subtle interplay of light and shadow display Repin’s mastery over his medium and profound understanding of the human condition, which he deftly communicates through this enduring portrait.

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