Portrait of the writer T.L. Shchepkina-Kupernik (1914) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of the writer T.L. Shchepkina-Kupernik - Ilya Repin - 1914

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TitlePortrait of the writer T.L. Shchepkina-Kupernik
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of the writer T.L. Shchepkina-Kupernik

The artwork “Portrait of the writer T.L. Shchepkina-Kupernik” is a significant piece created by the renowned artist Ilya Repin in 1914, who was a prominent figure in the artistic movement of Realism. The portrait falls within the genre of portraiture, depicting an individual subject with an aim to present both the physical and psychological essence of the person.

In the artwork, the subject, writer T.L. Shchepkina-Kupernik, is captured with a warm and inviting demeanor. The brushwork is loose and expressive, a characteristic approach of Repin’s style, allowing for the lively depiction of textures and the play of light upon the subject’s features. The color palette is rich, utilizing bold contrasts and a variety of hues which highlight the writer’s countenance and attire, infusing the portrait with a sense of vibrancy and life. The subject’s gaze is turned slightly away from a direct confrontation with the observer and she is painted with a subtle smile, suggesting a moment of casual engagement or a brief pause in conversation. Repin’s mastery in rendering the intricate folds of the writer’s clothing and the delicate handling of the skin tones accentuates the personality and character of Shchepkina-Kupernik. This portrayal reflects the Realist movement’s focus on depicting subjects truthfully and without idealization, grounding them firmly in their social context and personal identity.

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