Portrait of Vladimir Aleksandrovich (1910) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of Vladimir Aleksandrovich - Ilya Repin - 1910

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Vladimir Aleksandrovich
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of Vladimir Aleksandrovich

The artwork “Portrait of Vladimir Aleksandrovich” is a creation of the esteemed artist Ilya Repin, completed in the year 1910. It embodies the artistic principles of Realism, a movement that Repin was notably associated with. The genre of this piece is portraiture, a discipline at which Repin was particularly adept, and it is designed to represent the visage and character of the individual subject.

The artwork presents a detailed and vivid portrayal of a seated male figure, dressed in an opulent military uniform replete with medals and decorations that signify a person of high rank and distinction. The figure’s countenance bears the marks of age and conveys a sense of contemplation or introspection. His gaze does not meet the viewer, but rather he appears lost in thought, his hand placed pensively against his cheek.

In his immediate surroundings, one notices the ostentatious arm of a gilded chair, a testament to the subject’s status, and on the desk in front of him, there are papers, suggesting the subject’s engagement with bureaucratic or administrative duties. Additionally, a pair of ornate inkwells underscores the refined and official setting.

The use of lighting in the artwork draws attention to the subject’s face and the intricate detailing of his uniform, while the background remains subdued yet elegantly painted in rich, warm tones that complement the overall composition. Repin’s brushwork is both precise in the rendition of fine detail and free-flowing in the representation of textures, such as the plush red cloth of the desk.

It is through these visual elements that Repin conveys not only the external likeness of Vladimir Aleksandrovich but also imparts a sense of the subject’s persona and the gravity of his role, whatever it may be, within the scene before the viewer.

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