Girl with Flowers. Daughter of the Artist. (1878) by Ilya Repin

Girl with Flowers. Daughter of the Artist. - Ilya Repin - 1878

Artwork Information

TitleGirl with Flowers. Daughter of the Artist.
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions61 x 49 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationImperial Academy of Arts, Saint Petersburg, Russia

About Girl with Flowers. Daughter of the Artist.

The artwork titled “Girl with Flowers. Daughter of the Artist,” created by Ilya Repin in 1878, is an oil on canvas painting sized 61 x 49 cm. This portrait is a quintessential example of the Realism movement and is preserved at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The artwork captures the tender image of the artist’s daughter adorned with flowers.

Within the artwork, a young girl stands in the foreground of what appears to be a sunlit glade, her presence dominating the composition. She is dressed in a pale dress which is delicately patterned with hints of purple, echoing the natural hues of the flowers she holds in her hands. Upon her head rests a hat, also embellished with fresh flowers, suggesting the innocence and purity of youth. Her gaze, directed straight ahead, conveys a sense of calm contemplation or perhaps a moment of distraction as she engages in a springtime reverie.

The use of light and shadow is notable, with distinctive bright patches illuminating the girl’s face and dress, which contrasts with the dappling shadows of the background. This interplay creates a sense of depth and highlights the figure’s childlike grace. The brushwork is expressive, capturing the textures of fabric, foliage, and the play of sunlight with a lively touch that adds vibrancy to the scene.

Repin’s meticulous attention to the natural surroundings and the figure’s serene expression is characteristic of the Realist movement’s focus on depicting the truth and reality of human experience, free from the artifice or idealization often found in earlier art periods. The portrait exudes a warmth and familiarity, likely stemming from the artist’s personal connection to his subject, his own daughter, which he has so carefully and affectionately rendered on canvas.

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