Portrait of the sculptor E.P.Tarhanova-Antokolskaya (1893) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of the sculptor E.P.Tarhanova-Antokolskaya - Ilya Repin - 1893

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of the sculptor E.P.Tarhanova-Antokolskaya
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions85 x 67 cm
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of the sculptor E.P.Tarhanova-Antokolskaya

The artwork “Portrait of the sculptor E.P.Tarhanova-Antokolskaya” is a masterful representation of one of the peers of the artist Ilya Repin, crafted in 1893. Repin, through his skilled use of brush, pen, ink, watercolor, and cardboard, rendered the portrait with dimensions of 85 by 67 centimeters, characteristic of the Realism art movement. This genre of the portrait allows the viewer to gain a more personal and candid glimpse into the personality and appearance of E.P. Tarhanova-Antokolskaya.

The artwork presents a woman captured in a three-quarter view, gazing directly at the observer with a composed but engaging expression. Her attire suggests a sense of casual refinement, with her textured blouse adorned in light colors that contrast with the darker hue of her dress. Delicate brushstrokes highlight the intricacies of her clothing, while the energetic lines and marks lead the viewer’s eye throughout the composition, evoking the impression of a moment captured in time.

Repin’s expert use of light and shadow is evident here, creating a sense of volume in the subject’s face and attire. Despite the limited color palette, there is a visual richness achieved through the varied intensity of ink and watercolor application. The artist’s signature, inscribed prominently in the lower right corner, complements the date of creation, anchoring the artwork within its historical context. The balance between the detailed rendering of the subject and the loosely defined background emphasizes the intimate nature of the portrait, a hallmark of Repin’s approach to capturing the essence of his sitters within the broader ethos of Realism.

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