Ukrainian peasant house (1880) by Ilya Repin

Ukrainian peasant house - Ilya Repin - 1880

Artwork Information

TitleUkrainian peasant house
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions34 x 52 cm
Art MovementRealism

About Ukrainian peasant house

The artwork titled “Ukrainian peasant house” is a fine example of the Realism art movement, created in 1880 by the artist Ilya Repin. Rendered in oil on canvas, this piece measures 34 cm in height by 52 cm in width. It is categorized within the landscape genre and invites viewers to contemplate a serene rural setting.

In detailing the artwork, one observes a simple, humble abode characterized by its whitewashed walls and a thatched roof that has settled heavily upon the structure, suggesting the passing of many seasons. A trio of windows punctuates the facade, with dark shutters contrasting against the bright walls. Two of the windows catch glints of sunlight that add a lively sparkle to the otherwise tranquil scene. The doorway stands ajar, leading one’s curiosity to wonder about the domestic life it conceals.

Flanking the peasant house is lush greenery. A full, leafy tree stands guard at the forefront, its branches slightly swaying in an unseen breeze, casting dapples of shade upon the ground. To the right, another tree, slightly smaller and more slender, tastefully balances the composition. The setting is bucolic, with hints of blue sky peeking through the foliage. One can almost feel the warmth of the sun and hear the quietude of the countryside accentuated by occasional rustling leaves or distant bird song. The painting captures a moment within the natural rhythm of rural life, true to the Realist aspiration to depict subjects truthfully, without artificiality, and avoiding artistic conventions or implausible, exotic, and supernatural elements.

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