The Merchant Kalashnikov (1868) by Ilya Repin

The Merchant Kalashnikov - Ilya Repin - 1868

Artwork Information

TitleThe Merchant Kalashnikov
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions34 x 25 cm
Art MovementRealism

About The Merchant Kalashnikov

“The Merchant Kalashnikov” is a watercolor artwork created by artist Ilya Repin in 1868, measuring 34 x 25 cm. This work belongs to the Realism art movement, and it is categorized as a literary painting, indicating that its subject matter draws from written literature or narratives.

The artwork presents a vivid scene with two central figures that are engaged in an intimate interaction. The person on the left appears startled or apprehensive, gazing out towards the viewer with a look of uncertainty or concern. This figure is clothed in a green garment that wraps around them in a protective manner. By contrast, the figure on the right, dressed in a richly colored robe with a fur-lined cloak and patterned leggings, leans in close to the other character, possibly whispering or speaking in a serious tone, which could be suggested by the proximity of the figures and the intense expression on the face of the person on the right.

The backdrop offers a muted and possibly wintery scene, with the outlines of architectural structures in the distance and a sense of a bustling environment hinted at by the shadowy forms of other individuals or groups. The use of watercolor allows for a softness in the depiction of the environment and characters, contributing to the atmospheric quality and emotional depth of the scene. The expressive brushwork and the attention to costume detail suggest a storyline and a historical or cultural setting, characteristic of literary paintings which aim to visualize narratives.

Other Artwork from Ilya Repin

More Realism Artwork

Scroll to Top