Portrait of the physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1924) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of the physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov - Ilya Repin - 1924

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of the physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions54 x 48 cm
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of the physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov

The artwork titled “Portrait of the Physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov” was painted by the distinguished artist Ilya Repin in 1924. It is executed in oil on canvas, measuring 54 x 48 cm, and is a fine example of Repin’s adherence to the Realism art movement. The genre of this work is portraiture.

In the artwork, the subject, Ivan Petrovich Pavlov, is depicted with notable austerity and respect. The composition is rather close-up, as it captures Pavlov from what appears to be slightly above waist level, with his hands resting on a surface before him. His pose suggests engagement, perhaps in a thoughtful dialogue or an intellectual pursuit. The artist has rendered Pavlov’s features with a masterful blend of texture and subtle color, creating a lifelike representation of the physiologist.

The use of light and shadow on Pavlov’s face brings out the contours of his aged visage, characterized by a prominent white beard and a receding hairline. His head is tilted slightly to his right, providing the viewer with a sense of his composed and contemplative demeanor. The brushwork is expressive, with visible strokes that convey a sense of the artist’s hand at work.

The background is understated and does not distract from the subject, ensuring that the focus remains firmly on Pavlov. The color palette is restrained, relying on naturalistic tones to underscore the realism of the depiction. This portrait is not just a visual representation but also a testament to the sitter’s legacy in his field, as Pavlov’s contributions to physiology, particularly his work on the conditioned reflex, have left an indelible mark on science.

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