Walk with lanterns (1879) by Ilya Repin

Walk with lanterns - Ilya Repin - 1879

Artwork Information

TitleWalk with lanterns
ArtistIlya Repin
Art MovementImpressionism

About Walk with lanterns

The artwork “Walk with lanterns” is an evocative piece by artist Ilya Repin, created in 1879. This genre painting is associated with the Impressionism movement, a style characterized by a focus on light and its changing qualities, ordinary subject matter, and vivid use of color. Repin’s work captures a seemingly casual yet intimate moment, portrayed with the distinctive brushwork and attention to illumination that are hallmarks of the Impressionist style.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a nocturnal scene illuminated primarily by a lantern’s glow. The dim light casts a warm hue on the figures and surrounding environment, creating a contrast between the dark, shadowy background and the focal point of the lantern. The central figures appear to be walking through a densely wooded area, the trees rendered with loose, spontaneous brushstrokes that give a sense of the natural setting’s depth and complexity. The subtlety of the light reveals just enough detail to convey the subjects’ movement and the quiet ambience of their surroundings, inviting the viewer to contemplate the tranquility of the moment captured by Repin.

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