Stone Guest, Don Juan and Donna Anna (1885) by Ilya Repin

Stone Guest, Don Juan and Donna Anna - Ilya Repin - 1885

Artwork Information

TitleStone Guest, Don Juan and Donna Anna
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions202 x 124 cm
Art MovementRealism

About Stone Guest, Don Juan and Donna Anna

The artwork titled “Stone Guest, Don Juan and Donna Anna” is an oil on canvas painting created by Ilya Repin in 1885. Measuring 202 by 124 centimeters, it belongs to the Realism art movement and is categorized as a literary painting, where the subject matter derives from literature. The piece captures a narrative moment and imbues it with lifelike detail, characteristic of the Realism movement.

In the artwork, there is a palpable tension that pertains to a scene from a literary source. It depicts three figures: one who appears to be a statue-like figure known as the “Stone Guest,” a second figure looking upward, who represents Don Juan, and a third figure, Donna Anna, seen in mourning attire. The background suggests an outdoor setting, possibly a garden or courtyard, which is in line with the somber mood of the scene. The central figure, Don Juan, is presented with an expression of intrigue or contemplation as he looks towards the Stone Guest, indicating an interaction between the living and the supernatural. Donna Anna’s demeanor and dress convey grief and mourning, adding to the emotional complexity of the scene. The use of light and shadow as well as the detailed rendering of textures and fabrics demonstrate Repin’s mastery over his medium and contribute to the overall impact of the narrative presented in the painting.

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