Woman with dagger by Ilya Repin

Woman with dagger - Ilya Repin -

Artwork Information

TitleWoman with dagger
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions81 x 65 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationTula Regional Museum of Fine Arts, Tula, Russia

About Woman with dagger

The artwork titled “Woman with a Dagger” by artist Ilya Repin is an oil on canvas portrait that exemplifies the Realism art movement. Measuring 81 x 65 cm, the artwork is currently housed at the Tula Regional Museum of Fine Arts in Tula, Russia. It falls within the genre of a portrait, which typically aims to depict a person with particular attention to expression and detail.

In “Woman with a Dagger,” Repin captures the intensity and dramatic flair of his subject with a striking realism. The depicted woman is adorned in an exotic costume, suggesting a cultural or theatrical context. Her attire includes a richly decorated headdress, with intricate details and vibrant color contrasts. A deep, pensive look in the woman’s eyes suggests an inner resolve or firmness of purpose, which is further emphasized by her grasp on a dagger that rests firmly in her hand.

The somber colors of her costume and the muted background lend a seriousness to the portrayal, while the play of light across her face and clothing adds a dynamic quality to the composition. The woman’s gaze is directed outward, engaging the viewer and inviting speculation about her story or the scene she is part of. Through his skilled brushwork and the subtle game of light and shadow, Repin creates a vivid character study that communicates a sense of narrative and emotional depth.

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