Portrait of a mother - Ilya Efimovich Repin. 62.5 x 50 cm
This portrait depicts the artist’s mother, Tatyana Stepanovna Repinanee Bocharova. This early work of the young painter was performed during the holidays, when he, then still a student at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, was visiting his parents in the Kharkov region in the Osinovka settlement.
The painting, written with attention and love, creates the image of a strong and serious, but at the same time kind and wise woman, to whom the viewer is immediately imbued with sympathy and respect. The friendly face of Tatyana Stepanovna with a warm golden tone stands out clearly against the thick shadow of the background, and her dress and shawl are made in dark blue and blue colors. All this makes a very vivid impression, a small canvas looks monumental and solemn, on it - a strong-willed and intelligent woman, a real mistress of the house.
In those days, the share of the soldier's wife was not easy. Her husband was constantly sent on long trips, and Tatyana Stepanovna, living with her children in a military settlement in order to feed her family, was forced to work hard at the most difficult and dirty jobs. But, despite the difficult life, I.E. Repin's mother, being an educated woman, was able to introduce children to books. She taught literacy not only to her children, more than ten children gathered in her house, whom the woman taught to read and write. Tatyana Stepanovna was versed in painting and raised her love of art in her son.