Street in Tiflis (1881) by Ilya Repin

Street in Tiflis - Ilya Repin - 1881

Artwork Information

TitleStreet in Tiflis
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions14.5 x 23.5 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPskov State United Museum of History, Architeture and Fine Arts, Pskov, Russia

About Street in Tiflis

The artwork “Street in Tiflis” was created by the artist Ilya Repin in 1881, employing oil on canvas as the medium. This piece is part of the Realism art movement and is classified within the cityscape genre. The artwork’s dimensions are relatively modest, measuring only 14.5 by 23.5 cm. Presently, it is housed at the Pskov State United Museum of History, Architecture and Fine Arts, located in Pskov, Russia.

The artwork vividly portrays an urban scene characterized by lively details and a bustling atmosphere. One can observe the dynamic interplay of light and shadow, as Repin masterfully captures the essence of the sun-drenched street contrasted by areas cloaked in the relief of shade. The architecture depicted is typical of the period and region, with prominent balconies and detailed window frameworks that suggest a sense of the locale’s cultural identity. There appears to be movement and life within the scene, suggested by the figures interacting and the busy nature of the street. Despite its small size, the artwork encapsulates the vibrancy and texture of urban life in Tiflis (now known as Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia), inviting the viewer to reflect upon the spirit of the place and time it represents. Repin’s adept use of brushstrokes and color further enhances the realism and immediacy of the depicted moment.

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