Portrait of Andreeva, Repin, 1904

Portrait of Andreeva, Repin, 1904
Portrait of Andreeva, Repin, 1904 - 1

  • Posted by Ilya Efimovich Repin
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1904

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of the writer Leonid Nikolaevich Andreev – Ilya Efimovich Repin. 1904. Oil on canvas. 76 x 215 cm
   Apparently, the portrait of the writer Andreev remained incomplete. Before us is a well-developed sketch rather than a finished job. However, perhaps this is a technique that the artist used to convey the essence of the writer’s character: inconstancy, a tendency to irrational, illusory.

   Before us is a young man in a embroidered shirt, with a Russian beard rich in hair and a blurred look. In the eyes of the hero is longing, emptiness and some despondency. There is not a shadow of a smile on his face, his lips are compressed. The pose is not free and relaxed, but, on the contrary, some kind of internal tension is felt.

   The color scheme of the portrait is restrained. From white to indefinitely green (background). The illegality of the background, nervous, careless smears, emphasize the atmosphere of nervousness and tension. One gets the impression that the artist was given a certain energy of Andreev.