The Delarov Family Portrait (1906) by Ilya Repin

The Delarov Family Portrait - Ilya Repin - 1906

Artwork Information

TitleThe Delarov Family Portrait
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions84.5 x 129.5 cm
Art MovementRealism

About The Delarov Family Portrait

The artwork titled “The Delarov Family Portrait” was created by artist Ilya Repin in the year 1906. A work of oil on canvas, it measures 84.5 by 129.5 centimeters and belongs to the Realism art movement. The genre of this piece is a portrait.

In the artwork, we observe a depiction of a family moment encapsulated in time. The scene presents three individuals, presumably members of the Delarov family, who are the subjects of this intimate portrait. On the left, a bearded man is seated, turning slightly away from the viewer, exuding an air of solemnity or contemplation. His dress is formal, indicative of the attire worn by men of status during that period.

At the center of the composition is a child whose gaze meets the viewer with an expression mingling curiosity and the typical reserve of youth. The child is clothed in a dress of light pink, embellished with fine details and frills, and holds a small stuffed animal, a symbol of innocence and childhood.

On the right, a woman, likely the mother, engages with the child, her attention entirely devoted to the young one. Her attire is dark, providing a visual contrast to the child’s light dress, and she appears to be performing a tender act, such as adjusting the child’s clothing or engaging in a gentle, nurturing gesture.

Repin’s mastery of realism is evident in the nuanced expressions of the subjects and the detailed rendering of their attire and the surrounding domestic environment. The careful interplay of colors, light, and texture contributes to the lifelike quality of this family scene, encapsulating a moment of everyday life with an almost photographic fidelity.

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