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Description of the painting Vasily Surikov “Portrait of Surikova”


The portrait was painted in 1888.

The artist never created portraits to order. His models were friends and relatives. We see the eldest daughter of the painter - Olga.

Surikov painted a girl in a red dress with a white lace collar. Before us is a very lively and strong girl of 10 years. She is a little clumsy, as indeed, and all at this age. Behind the heroine is a white stove. It sets off the dullness of the face. Olga's view is open and straight. She is looking right at us.

The artist was able to masterfully depict the figure of his daughter. He did not try to embellish his model.

The girl’s face is pretty enough. He is framed by lush brown hair. You can feel how soft her character is. It seems, just a moment, and the heroine of the portrait smiles at all of us. Surikov managed to catch his daughter’s temper: her special ardor and cheerful mood.

In the pose of the heroine of the portrait, some waywardness and special confidence are felt. The contours of the legs are quite soft, but at the same time, the artist deliberately outlines them with a solid line. Surikov depicts a very childish figure, which still has no waist. She will appear only when Olga gets older. The girl stands, leaning slightly towards the audience.

In the heroine it is impossible to notice even the shadows of coquetry. But at the same time she is really graceful and as plastic as possible. One palm is pressed against a white stove. Surikov managed to write fingers so expertly that you can even feel their warmth.

The girl presses her favorite doll. Against the bright background of the dress, the cap of the doll’s magnificent hair plays with a bewitching shade of gold. She is wearing a pink dress and traditional velvet around her neck. By all indications, you can determine that this toy is a Parisian.

Surikov was able to create a magnificent portrait. He conveyed the liveliness of his daughter, her purity and harmony of soul and mind. You can feel that she loves her father.





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