“Girl with Peaches”, Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov – overview of the painting

“Girl with Peaches”, Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov – overview of the painting
“Girl with Peaches”, Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - overview of the painting - 1

    • Posted by Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov
    • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
    • Year: 1887

Overview of the painting :

Girl with peaches – Valentin Alexandrovich Serov. 1887. Oil on canvas. 85×91

The painting “Girl with Peaches” was created in 1887 by B. Gray and is one of its most significant canvases. The original name was “Portrait B.M.”where V.M. denotes Verochka Mamontova, who was the daughter of the famous industrialist S. Mamontova and often saw the artist in Abramtsevo, in the name where the picture was written.

In the future, the name was changed, since the picture did not actually get a portrait of a particular girl, but a real generalized image of youth itself – a funny mischief who sat down at the table for a moment. The girl has expressive eyes with a spark dancing inside, as if she was planning some new trick. Her pose itself shows how difficult it is for her to sit even for a short time at the table, how she wants to break and run away to play the garden. The cold-willed background of the picture and the strict atmosphere of the room contrast with a pink blouse and a red bow, shades the girl’s dark face with her dark eyes. The whole room is imbued with a sunshine, which is emphasized by soft tones of peaches and leaves, already a yellowing tree outside the window. A gentle blush plays on the girl’s cheeks and harmonizes with peaches nearby.

The heroine’s cheerfulness is shown in bright, joyful tones, and the feeling of its purity and tenderness intensifies thanks to the colors of a white tablecloth that brightly sparkles a silver knife. These individual elements are combined into a single whole in the picture, enriching the image. As immediately after its creation, and now, many years later, this work amazes the viewer with its freshness, ease, warmth and joy.