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Despite the numerous genre-intensive work, Repin often created portraits just for the soul. It stands out especially among the canvases. Depicting members of his family, a cheerful image of the master’s daughter. While in Penati, 1884 (near St. Petersburg), where his favorite summer cottage was located, the painter creates a canvas with a funny name “Dragonfly” (posed by her daughter Verochka).
As a rule, children always frolic and have fun, so Repin often had to witness that, his wonderful girl sitting on the bar, shaking her legs, like a dragonfly on a stalk. And at one point, he decided to capture children's mischief on the canvas.
It turned out even very funny. In the center of the canvas we see a girl in a hat sitting relaxed on a wooden bar. Its silhouette is illuminated by warm sunshine, they add gaiety to the color, the play of light and shadow plot.
From the canvas on the viewer, as if radiating a lot of provocative children's energy, immediacy, curiosity. It seems that the girl does not sit in one place, he will run away. While working on a painting, the author is particularly attracted to her carelessness and mischief, precisely emphasized on the canvas as the main features of a childish character. At the bottom of the canvas, Repin denotes lonely blades of grass that blurry out against the backdrop of the airy space that gently hides the horizon.
On this canvas, the master accurately reflects the immediacy and revitalization in the character of the child, which quietly takes the viewer into the carefree world of childhood. Probably, when creating such portraits, he allowed himself a break from complex large works, he simply enjoyed life among his relatives and especially children.
Now this picture can be seen in the permanent exhibition of the Tretyakov Gallery.