Portrait of Andreev by Ilya Repin

Portrait of Andreev by Ilya Repin

Apparently, the portrait of the writer Andreev remained unfinished. Before us is more likely a worked sketch than a finished work. However, perhaps this is a technique that the artist used to convey the essence of the character of the writer: inconstancy, a penchant for the irrational, the illusory.

Before us is a young man in an embroidered shirt, with a Russian beard, rich head of hair and a foggy look. In the eyes of the hero melancholy, emptiness and some despondency. There is not a smile on the face, lips are clenched. The pose is not free and relaxed, but, on the contrary, some internal tension is felt. The color scheme of the portrait is restrained. From white to vaguely green.

Incompleteness of the background, nervous, careless strokes, emphasize the atmosphere of nervousness and tension. It seems that the artist passed a certain energy Andreeva.

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