Reading girl (1876) by Ilya Repin

Reading girl - Ilya Repin - 1876

Artwork Information

TitleReading girl
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About Reading girl

The artwork entitled “Reading Girl” is a portrait painted by the renowned artist Ilya Repin in the year 1876. This work is an exemplar of the Realism art movement, which sought to represent subjects truthfully, without artificiality and avoiding artistic conventions, implausible, exotic, and supernatural elements. The genre of this painting is a portrait, and it showcases Repin’s mastery of form, light, and texture to convey a naturalistic representation of the scene.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a young girl engrossed in reading a book. The attention to detail in the rendering of her features and the serene expression on her face suggest a moment of quiet concentration and enjoyment. The light illuminates the girl’s hair and the pages of the book, highlighting the focal points of the composition. Her attire is modest and typical of the period, with dark clothing that contrasts against the lighter tones used for her skin and hair. The delicate brushwork and the interplay of light and shadow are indicative of Repin’s skill in capturing the essence of his subject. The background remains subdued with a muted color palette, drawing the viewer’s attention firmly to the girl and her activity. Overall, “Reading Girl” is a striking portrayal of a simple, yet intimate moment, rendered with the sensitivity and realism that characterizes Repin’s work.

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