Zaporozhets (1884) by Ilya Repin

Zaporozhets - Ilya Repin - 1884

Artwork Information

ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions49 x 41.5 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationState Museum of Fine Arts, Nizhny Tagil, Russia

About Zaporozhets

The artwork titled “Zaporozhets,” created by the artist Ilya Repin in 1884, is an exemplar of the Realism art movement. It is executed in oil on canvas and confidently occupies the dimensions of 49 by 41.5 centimeters. As a genre, it represents a portrait, conveying a vivid sense of the subject’s character. This piece can be appreciated at the State Museum of Fine Arts in Nizhny Tagil, Russia.

In detailing the artwork, one observes a portrait of a man whose robust features and intense gaze are immediately striking. The subject is presented against what appears to be an indistinct and somber background, thereby focusing the viewer’s full attention on the visage. A rich, deep red cloak envelops the figure, contrasting with and drawing out the warmth in the subject’s skin tone. Repin’s mastery of his medium is evident in the textural contrast between the softness of the skin and the tangible quality of the fabric of the cloak.

The painting demonstrates a profound psychological depth, with the subject’s expression somewhat enigmatic, caught between thoughtfulness and resolve. The thick, gestural brushstrokes associated with Repin’s work add a dynamic quality to the artwork, suggesting a moment captured in time. Throughout, the application of paint varies from subtle, delicate touches on the subject’s face to bold, impasto strokes within the cloak, representing the hallmark characteristics of the Realist movement and the distinctive style of Repin.

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