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Repin does not, however, subscribe here to the Romantic tendency to depict the exotic, melancholy, dreamlike or visionary subjects. It is here that Repin falls back on the ideas of true realism. He does not attempt to glaze over the reality of the times. Like other representatives of the realist school, he attempts instead to give an accurate, detailed, unembellished account of nature or contemporary life (WebMuseum). He offers to the viewer another angle, another reality, that of his daughter, innocent and simple, unaware of the world around her and uninhibited by its political and social problems. Hence the title of the painting, Dragonfly . The dragonfly flies and flits about aimlessly and playfully without much care.
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Unformatted text preview: Repin's realistic approach is also evident in his ability to create a painting that is so "real" that it almost resembles a photograph. Extreme detail (down to the hollows in the girl's earlobes) can be seen in the depiction of the child's face and clothing. Close examination of the picture reveals that although Vera is wearing a hat that appears to shade her face, she is till squinting in response to the bright sunlight. Repin is able to show the conditions outdoors by showing the girl's reaction to the sun and by using highlights to show the sun's direction. The sunlight appears to be coming from the left, and that accounts for the slight tilt in the child's head as well as the highlights on the left side....
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