“Apples and Leaves”, Repin – overview of the painting

“Apples and Leaves”, Repin – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Ilya Efimovich Repin
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1879

Overview of the painting :

Apples and leaves – Ilya Efimovich Repin. 1879. Oil on canvas. 75.5 x 64 cm
   This canvas in the spirit of the Dutch still lifes depicts six ripe apples against the background of leaves of different plants. It would seem that nothing special, the usual picture, but she talks about the artist’s high skill.

   Apples and leaves are depicted on a dense dark “deaf” background, which smoothly turns into the brown base of the composition. Leaves of various shapes and outlines are scattered along it – small and large, with a whole and carved edge, single and triple. For them, a muffled gamut of green shades is used, which creates an excellent background for bright and expressive apples.

   They are the central element of the composition. The master was very successful in transmitting their volume and glossy, like a lacquered gloss. Yellow-green and red apples are not depicted as ideal “wax” fruits, but as real, living fruits should look like. It feels like they have bumps and dents, small spots and traces of weather. Perhaps somewhere in the depths of the juicy pulp of apples a small worm hid.

   The combination of shiny and matte apples, soft and loose leaves gives the image volume, saturates it with air. It seems that we can even smell greenery and fresh ripe apples. For all its simplicity, this is a very bright and expressive canvas.