Portrait of V.D. Ratov (S.M. Muratov) (1910) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of V.D. Ratov (S.M. Muratov) - Ilya Repin - 1910

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of V.D. Ratov (S.M. Muratov)
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of V.D. Ratov (S.M. Muratov)

The artwork “Portrait of V.D. Ratov (S.M. Muratov)” is a creation of the illustrious artist Ilya Repin, completed in the year 1910. This piece is situated within the Realism art movement and it serves as a portrait genre painting. Repin’s work typically captures the essence and complexity of human character, and this piece is emblematic of his dedication to portraying his subjects with a profound sense of realism and psychological depth.

The artwork presents the subject, presumably V.D. Ratov, with an expressive and animated visage, characterized by attentive eyes and a subtle smile. The brushwork is vigorous and pronounced, with the strokes in the background and on the clothing being particularly bold and loosely applied, suggesting movement and bringing an immediacy to the portrait. The palette primarily consists of deep black and striking shades of pink and red, imbuing the portrait with a sense of warmth. The clothing of the figure, though not depicted in intricate detail, suggests a rich textile through the artist’s adept use of color and texture.

Repin has captured a moment of candidness or perhaps a brief pause, with the subject’s arms crossed and resting, drawing attention to his gaze and facial expression, which conveys a sense of presence and engagement with the viewer. The overall composition and the deft handling of oil paint showcase Repin’s mastery over his medium, which is evident in the life-like representation of Ratov’s character, while still allowing for a sense of artistic interpretation and style to shine through.

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