A girl lit by the sun. Portrait of M. I AM. Simonovich, Serov

A girl lit by the sun. Portrait of M. I AM. Simonovich, Serov
A girl lit by the sun. Portrait of M. I AM. Simonovich, Serov - 1

  • Posted by Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1888

Overview of the painting :

A girl lit by the sun. Portrait of M. I AM. Simonovich. 1888. Oil on canvas. 89.5×71

   Light experiments are a favorite activity of impressionists. Sulfur is no exception. It is light – the main character of this picture.

   A young girl rests in the shade of a tree. The rays of the sun, at first wandered for a long time along the dense crown and, finally, breaking through it, crumbled with hundreds of glare on the face, hands, a light blouse… To highlight and emphasize the role of light glare, shaded objects surround the heroine: tree trunk, dark skirt, her own hair. By the will of the artist, the light passes them. Mixed with the good warmth of the model itself, the sun’s rays in the picture turn into some kind of inner flicker of the girl herself. There is a mystical component in the portrait.

   The heroine of the work is the cousin of the artist. They are well acquainted, but some tension is still noticeable. Serov presents us with his relative with love and tenderness. Full face, straight nose, large beautiful eyes. The pose is relaxed. Sunlight, summer itself is disposed to rest and relieve tension.

   The author was well able to brilliantly think – to combine solar glare, internal warmth and the warmth of the model. The portrait is struck by the number of shades, halftones, color and light nuances. Nothing superfluous, every smear “in line”.

   Serov’s genius is that he undoubtedly managed to “catch” the light, convey the feeling of movement, flickering. In this work, the impressionist aesthetics of the artist manifested itself especially strongly and talentedly.