Portrait of writer Yevgeny Nikolayevich Chirikov (1906) by Ilya Repin

Portrait of writer  Yevgeny Nikolayevich Chirikov - Ilya Repin - 1906

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of writer Yevgeny Nikolayevich Chirikov
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions41 x 34 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Portrait of writer Yevgeny Nikolayevich Chirikov

The artwork titled “Portrait of writer Yevgeny Nikolayevich Chirikov” is a piece created by the esteemed artist Ilya Repin in the year 1906. Executed with chalk, this work exemplifies the Realism art movement. The dimensions of the artwork are modest, measuring 41 by 34 centimeters. As its genre suggests, it is a portrait, and it currently resides within a private collection.

The artwork presents a thoughtful study of Yevgeny Nikolayevich Chirikov, evoking a sense of his personality and intellectual demeanor. The portrait, executed predominantly in shades of brown and white, dramatizes the writer’s facial features with soft lines and subtle shading, conveying a lifelike representation. Chirikov is depicted with glasses, and his gaze seems to be directed slightly upwards, as if lost in contemplation or in the midst of forming an idea. The background is minimally sketched, directing full attention to the subject. It’s noteworthy how Repin captures the writer’s expression with nuanced handling of chalk, a testament to his skill in portraying character and emotion within the restraints of monochromatic media. Certain areas of the piece appear deliberately unfinished, contributing to the overall impression of spontaneity and immediacy, which are characteristic of sketches and studies from life.

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