Portrait of the Author Alexey Pisemsky (1880) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of the Author Alexey Pisemsky - Ilya Repin - 1880

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of the Author Alexey Pisemsky
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationTretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

About Portrait of the Author Alexey Pisemsky

The artwork, “Portrait of the Author Alexey Pisemsky,” is a masterful creation by the renowned artist Ilya Repin, completed in the year 1880. This oil on canvas painting embodies the Realist art movement and is categorized as a portrait. It currently resides in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia, as a part of its esteemed collection.

In the artwork, the subject, author Alexey Pisemsky, is depicted with an expressive demeanor, marked by a distinct gaze and a slightly disheveled appearance that suggests depth and intellect. Repin’s brushwork is meticulous, capturing the texture of Pisemsky’s hair and the folds in his dark garment with precision. The subject’s hands are clasped around the top of a cane, which serves not only as a physical support but also as a compositional element that draws the viewer’s eyes towards the center of the portrait. The play of light and shadow on Pisemsky’s face highlights his furrowed brow and deep-set eyes, further accentuating his character and contemplative nature. The background is understated, utilizing soft, neutral tones that serve to focus attention on the figure of Pisemsky, showcasing Repin’s ability to compose a portrait that is both striking in its realism and rich in psychological insight.

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