Repin’s painting “Autumn Bouquet” – overview

Repin’s painting “Autumn Bouquet” – overview
Repin's painting "Autumn Bouquet" - overview - 1

  • Posted by Ilya Efimovich Repin
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1892

Overview of the painting :

Autumn bouquet – Ilya Efimovich Repin. 1892. Oil on canvas. 111 x 65 cm
   Although the picture is called “Autumn Bouquet”, in fact it is not still life, but a portrait. It depicts the daughter of the artist Vera Ilyinichna Repin against the backdrop of the landscape – the recently acquired artist of the Zdravnevo estate.

   In the background of the picture is a deep perspective with a far-reaching young orchard still preserving green leaves on the branches. In the distance, almost on the horizon, a dark Belarusian forest is visible, clearly with a predominance of coniferous trees, which is reflected in color – this is a deep green, cold shade that emphasizes the golden shades of foliage.

   The figure of the girl is in the foreground of the picture and is clearly visible against the background of a slightly roasted grass that has lost its saturated green color. She is wearing a combination dress in a waist with a dark brown top of stuffed fabric, and a light skirt with delicate flowers in a soft pastel range. From the work of the artist, you can clearly feel the love of your father for your daughter. Every detail, even the smallest, carefully and lovingly written out. Vera Ilyinichny’s dress is decorated with an elegant lace collar of complex curly shape, with a brooch by the throat.

   Before the dress, it is finished with a narrow lace bar with many small round buttons. The same buttons adorn the sleeves at the brushes. On the left brush of the girl is a large golden bracelet.

   The reason for the name of the picture is a large bouquet of autumn flowers – the artist’s daughter holds in her hands, lowering the heads of flowers down. In this bouquet, all the characteristic colors characteristic of autumn are connected – white, yellow and all the shades of ochry and orange, red and brown. The same shades are repeated in a small bouquet of several small flowers pinned to the girl’s chest.

   The face of Vera Ilyinichna is attracting attention – with large expressive little Russian features, black eyebrows and chubby lips. It is very sweet and expressive.

   The picture is written in free, even sweeping, but neat smears, which involuntarily causes associations with the style of French impressionists. However, with all the ease of writing, all the details remain fairly clearly defined and understandable.