Seven years later, after the painting “The Girl Shined by the Sun” was published, Valentin Serov writes another impressionist painting “In the Summer”, on which he depicts his beloved wife Olga. Here we see an open-air portrait of a woman in a light white blouse rescuing from the summer heat.
Olga's calm posture conveys her inner balanced state, her portrait is in harmony with the outside world. Behind Olga frolic kids in the lush grass, not yet weary of the morning heat. The forest on the background of Olga Serova is depicted very airy, dynamic, we can feel the rustle of leaves of birch, shaken from a light blow.
If we compare the picture "Summer" and "Girl, lit by the sun", then, first of all, you can notice what the artist emphasized, portraying his wife in the shade of a wooden house. First of all, we see precisely drawn out, small features, detailing of her soft, but penetrating image. The fields of a straw hat cannot hide the depths of the blue eyes of Serov’s beloved wife, her image is full of tenderness and care.
Some stoop, squeezing is visible in her image - but this also represents the special charm of her portrait, as if she were accidentally captured on a camera when she enjoyed the view of a pond or a spill from their favorite summer cottage. Serov portrays Olga Fedorovna modest, timid and somewhat timid, the way she really was. For Serov, his wife is the most fragile and gentle creature in the world, this can be understood by the manner of creating her image.
The composition of the painting “In the Summer” by Valentin Serov is filled with the feeling of true summer warmth, sunlight, silence of the forest in the summer. His work was done with great inner spiritual contribution, also for the reason that he portrayed the most important people in his life who did not leave him for a minute. The paintings are permeated with lightness, the charm of a happy childhood and, of course, love.