Self-Portrait (1894) by Ilya Repin

Self-Portrait - Ilya Repin - 1894

Artwork Information

ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions90 x 63 cm
Art MovementRealism

About Self-Portrait

The artwork “Self-Portrait” by Ilya Repin, created in 1894, exemplifies the Realism art movement. Rendered in oil on canvas, this self-portrait measures 90 x 63 cm. Repin, a prominent Russian realist painter, is known for his keen observation and depiction of life and society through his art.

The artwork presents a contemplative figure, presumably the artist himself, seated and poised with his chin resting on his hand. His posture suggests a moment of reflection or introspection. Repin’s gaze, directed outward, confronts the viewer with a sense of direct communication. The artist’s facial expression is one of seriousness, perhaps indicative of the psychological depth he is known for portraying in his works.

In the background, subtle details hint at the setting, likely an artist’s studio, where we can discern the corner of what appears to be a painting easel and a diffused view of a window pane, implying a source of natural light. The brushwork varies, with fine detail in the face and hands, suggesting a focal point, while other areas possess a looser quality that provides texture and adds to the overall depth of the composition. Notable is the use of light and shadow, which enhances the three-dimensional quality of the figure and enriches the artwork with a tangible atmosphere. The clothing of the figure is rendered in muted tones, drawing little attention away from the face, which is the centerpiece of the work. This self-portrait not only reflects the artist’s physical appearance but also embodies the essence of his character and the philosophical underpinnings of his artistic endeavors.

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