Scene from a Ballet (study) (1874) by Ilya Repin

Scene from a Ballet (study) - Ilya Repin - 1874

Artwork Information

TitleScene from a Ballet (study)
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions23 x 29 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationTretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

About Scene from a Ballet (study)

The artwork “Scene from a Ballet (study)” is a genre painting by the artist Ilya Repin, created in 1874. This oil on cardboard painting adheres to the Realism art movement and measures 23 x 29 cm. It is currently housed in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia. The painting presents a glimpse into the theatrical and performative aspects of a ballet.

In the artwork, Repin captures the bustling atmosphere of a ballet scene. The setting appears to be the backstage or side view of a grand theatre, with architectural features suggesting an opulent venue. Dabs and strokes of paint depict figures clad in various costumes, possibly performers and onlookers, adding a sense of liveliness and movement. The scene is imbued with a certain immediacy and intimacy, as Repin’s loose brushwork lends a sketch-like quality to the composition. The play of light and shadow, a characteristic element of Realism, is evident in the artwork, creating both depth and drama that pulls the viewer into the moment captured. Repin’s study acts as a candid snapshot of the ballet, emphasizing the energy and elegance inherent to the performance and its surroundings.

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