Portrait of V. Stasov (1905) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of V. Stasov - Ilya Repin - 1905

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of V. Stasov
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of V. Stasov

The artwork titled “Portrait of V. Stasov” was crafted by the illustrious Russian artist Ilya Repin in the year 1905. Embedded within the Realism movement, this portrait is a testament to Repin’s commitment to portraying subjects with lifelike authenticity and attention to detail.

The artwork depicts V. Stasov, a figure whose visage is rendered with meticulous care. He is shown in profile, his gaze directed off-canvas, suggesting a moment of contemplation or observation. His white beard is detailed, each strand painted with precision that adds to the realism of the piece. The subject’s attire is striking—a vibrant yellow that stands out with a warm luminosity against the dark, muted background. The folds and creases of the garment are expertly executed, emphasizing the tangible qualities of the fabric.

The handling of light in this piece is particularly noteworthy; the play of light and shadow on the subject’s face and clothing adds depth and volume to the composition. The remarkable texture achieved through brushwork reveals not only the subject’s external appearance but also hints at his inner life and character, which was a crucial aspect of Repin’s approach to portraiture. Overall, the artwork’s adherence to the principles of Realism is unmistakable, immersing the viewer in the presence of V. Stasov as captured by Repin’s masterful hand.

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