River Bank (1876) by Ilya Repin

River Bank - Ilya Repin - 1876

Artwork Information

TitleRiver Bank
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPenza Regional Art Gallery (Savitsky Museum), Penza, Russia

About River Bank

The artwork titled “River Bank” was created by the renowned artist Ilya Repin in the year 1876. This piece, executed in the medium of oil on canvas, is an exemplification of the Realism art movement. As a landscape genre painting, it captures the essence of a natural setting with an emphasis on realistic depiction. Presently, the artwork is housed in the Penza Regional Art Gallery, also known as the Savitsky Museum, which is located in Penza, Russia.

The artwork portrays a tranquil riverside scene, where the gentle flow of water mirrors the sky and the surrounding greenery. In the foreground, the riverbank is depicted with substantial detail, featuring a mix of grassy patches and eroded soil, indicating the natural wear caused by the moving water. The middle ground reveals lush trees arrayed along the bank, their full foliage rendered with soft, varied strokes that suggest a gentle play of light and shadow. Some of the trees lean slightly, adding a dynamic touch to the otherwise calm landscape.

On the farther bank, one can discern a humble wooden structure with a thatched roof, possibly a simple dwelling or a storage shack, which is nestled amid the verdant backdrop. A few indistinct figures appear to be engaging in daily activities near this structure, infusing the scene with a sense of human presence and activity. Above, the sky is a delicate composition of white and gray clouds, hinting at a warm yet slightly overcast day. The serene atmosphere is palpable, making it a quintessential example of Repin’s ability to capture the essence of the Russian countryside with authenticity and technical prowess.

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