Ilya Efimovich Repin painted more than one portrait of his beloved daughter Verochka, but this masterpiece is the most famous. The image of a charming little girl in a chair with a gilded ornament was imprinted in the hearts of millions of people from different eras.
A beautiful baby is depicted sitting in a large armchair, decorated with gold ornaments. At the top of the chair, the ornament shines brighter with gold, which hints at the material from which the furniture is made.
On the girl’s head is an elegant woven straw hat with a pink bow at the top. Most likely, the hat is worn on the head in order to hide the short hair of the artist’s daughter, otherwise it could be mistaken for a boy. Vera's face is illuminated by large dark eyes, her look is very serious. Apparently, the daughter very carefully posed for her father to paint a picture. The rosy cheeks and scarlet lips stand out very harmoniously on the face of the child, sanctified by the golden glow of the lamp.
The girl is wearing a formal black dress with several white stripes on her chest, a white collar and sleeves. White tights and neat black boots, almost merged with the background, complete the composition. With the right handle the child holds a golden ball, and with the left - a wooden horse.
The girl looks very obedient and neat, basically these features can be traced not so much in the pose and clothes of the child, as in a meaningful and not childishly reasonable look. Later, the artist will draw a series of portraits of her beloved daughter, from which we can find out how the girl changed each stage of her growing up. However, all these canvases are united by one common feature: the girl’s character, her sharp mind, fun and wisdom can be traced in every picture, starting with images written at such a young age.
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