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Repin's use of this impressionistic fascination with light and shadow is a highlight of the painting. Any dress highlight or shadow is accomplished by gradations of the original green ranging from an extremely light whitish-green to a darker brownish-green. It is worth noting that in accordance with impressionistic rules, these gradations are achieved by mixing paints on the canvas, not on the painter's palette. This style and the intensity of color add to the reality, volume and richness of the picture. Color in this painting is of utmost importance. It is calming. There are no harsh reds, and the soft pastel
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Unformatted text preview: blues and greens contribute to the tranquility of the painting. Ilya Repin was a realist at heart who met the impressionistic movement with some reluctance. This did not, however, keep him from being influenced by it. As one source explains, Impressionism did not ever completely take hold in Russia; it was transformed into Russian realist works created in impressionistic technique (Fleicher Museum). If we add to it a touch of Repin's romanticism, the end result is Repin's light and cheerful portrait of his daughter Vera, the Dragonfly...
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