Portrait of the Retired Soldier (1883) by Alexei Korzukhin

Portrait of the Retired Soldier - Alexei Korzukhin - 1883

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of the Retired Soldier
ArtistAlexei Korzukhin
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of the Retired Soldier

The artwork “Portrait of the Retired Soldier” is a painting by Alexei Korzukhin created in the year 1883. As a work of the Realism art movement, this portrait focuses on the realistic depiction of its subject, a retired soldier. The genre of the artwork is portraiture, where the individual characteristics and emotions of the person depicted are a central element of the composition.

The artwork showcases a close-up view of an elderly man, presumably the retired soldier, who is the sole subject of the portrait. His face reveals a wealth of experience, with deep lines etched into his weathered skin, denoting a life of toil and likely hardship. A full, well-groomed beard graces his chin, adding to the distinguished character exuding from his visage. The soldier’s eyes appear reflective, possibly reminiscing about past events or contemplating the present. His gaze does not meet the viewer’s, suggesting an inward focus. He wears what seems to be a military uniform, somewhat worn, with visible medals or insignia that hint at a history of service and valor. His hands are clasped in front of him, one holding a glove, further emphasizing a sense of formality and poise.

The artist has paid close attention to detail in this rendering, from the texture of the man’s beard to the subtle variations in his complexion. The realism movement’s traits are evident in the careful portrayal of light, the nuanced color palette, and the attention to the physical accuracy of the figure. Through this conscientious depiction, Korzukhin provides not only a visual representation of the soldier but also a glimpse into his personal narrative and emotional state.

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