Storm on the Volga (1870 – 1891) by Ilya Repin

Storm on the Volga - Ilya Repin - 1870 - 1891

Artwork Information

TitleStorm on the Volga
ArtistIlya Repin
Date1870 - 1891
Dimensions55 x 102 cm
Art MovementRealism

About Storm on the Volga

“Storm on the Volga” is an oil on canvas artwork by the celebrated artist Ilya Repin, created during a period spanning from 1870 to 1891. This piece is representative of the Realism art movement, and measures 55 by 102 centimeters. As a genre painting, it depicts a scene from everyday life with a particular emphasis on realism and attention to detail.

The artwork portrays a powerful narrative of human struggle against nature. Capturing the ferocity of a storm, the composition is dominated by dynamic brushstrokes that convey the movement of the wind and water. The central figures, a group of boatmen, are rendered with vigorous realism as they labor to control their vessel amidst the tempest. Their tense muscles and expressive faces reflect the intensity of their battle against the elements. In the background, the turbulent waters of the Volga River and the tumultuous sky enhance the sense of urgency and danger faced by the boatmen. Repin’s skillful use of color and light emphasizes the drama of the moment, while the painting’s broad, sweeping gestures impart a feeling of raw energy and the sublime power of nature.

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