The Village of Mokhnachi near Chuguyev (1877) by Ilya Repin

The Village of Mokhnachi near Chuguyev - Ilya Repin - 1877

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TitleThe Village of Mokhnachi near Chuguyev
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementRealism

About The Village of Mokhnachi near Chuguyev

The artwork “The Village of Mokhnachi near Chuguyev” was created by the artist Ilya Repin in 1877. As an exemplar of the Realism art movement, this piece is categorized within the landscape genre. The time period in which Repin created this work was characterized by a focus on the realistic depiction of subjects, often conveying everyday scenes with honesty and without idealization.

The artwork presents a tranquil rural landscape that captures the subtle interplay of light and natural forms. A range of earthy tones dominates the palette, lending warmth and a sense of the familiarity of daily rustic life. The scene is set in a village, as evidenced by the modest wooden structures—such as the houses with thatched roofs—and the primitive fence running along a dusty road which guides the viewer’s gaze into the distance.

In the foreground, a woman, possibly a mother, is seated and seems to be engaging with a small child. This intimate moment of human connection contrasts with the expansive stretches of the open fields beyond, emphasized by the serene water bodies that carve through the grasslands. Trees partly obscure the horizon, emphasizing the feeling of seclusion and the vastness of the natural environment surrounding the village.

Repin’s technique captures a momentary quality of light that suggests a specific time of day, perhaps in the late morning or early afternoon when the sun casts gentle shadows, yet still illuminates the scene with a diffuse brightness. With a keen eye for detail and composition, Repin tells a story of the everyday, inviting the viewer to appreciate the quiet beauty of rural existence.

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