Railway guard. Hotkovo. (1882) by Ilya Repin

Railway guard. Hotkovo. - Ilya Repin - 1882

Artwork Information

TitleRailway guard. Hotkovo.
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Railway guard. Hotkovo.

The artwork titled “Railway guard. Hotkovo” was crafted by the renowned artist Ilya Repin in the year 1882. This piece is emblematic of the Realism art movement, which is characterized by its inclination to represent subjects truthfully and without artificiality, steering away from the idealized interpretative methods of preceding artistic movements. As a genre painting, this artwork is a depiction of everyday life scenes, aiming to provide a visual narrative of common experiences during the time of its creation.

The artwork vividly portrays a solitary railway guard stationed in the rural outskirts of Hotkovo. The guard, attired in a dark uniform and a cap, stands next to a railway milestone marker which indicates distances or directions. He appears vigilant, holding a signal flag firmly as he fulfills his duties. The railway tracks lead towards a bridge or a passage, giving the viewer an impression of depth and continuity. The background is dominated by an expansive sky with dynamic cloud formations, suggesting a sense of movement that complements the stationary figure of the guard. The colors employed in the artwork are nuanced and natural, which is typical of the Realism movement, aiming to reflect the true tones and shades found in nature. The painting captures both the tranquility and the inherent responsibility associated with the railway guard’s role, providing a snapshot of life and work during the late 19th century in Russia.

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