Repin2 - suspended and unteathered by her surroundings...

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Repin's daughter occupies almost the entire surface of the canvas, leaving space for very few additional items. This places a great emphasis on the subject and heightens the importance of those few items that share the canvas with her. Dressed in a green dress, matching hat, cream colored tights and brown shoes, she is seated outside, perched upon a fence. Her feet are dangling, unable to touch the ground. The significance of Vera's pose is twofold. Romantics often put a heavy emphasis on nostalgia for childhood or the past (Virtual Park). The fact that Repin's daughter is small enough to casually sit on the fence plays on childhood memories that one might have. It also puts emphasis on an action that is associated with the playfullness and fearlessness of a child. Furthermore, her inability to touch the ground not only reinforces the idea of her young age, but gives the impression of floating in the air. She is not grounded by her size and hence by her age but is in turn
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Unformatted text preview: suspended and unteathered by her surroundings. Known for its "reaction against industrialization and its consequent interest in nature, landscape, and search for the divine" romanticism plays a definitive role in constructing the surroundings of Vera. Beneath her feet there is wild grass. Like her feet that do not touch the ground, the grass is also a symbol of freedom and lack of restraint. The girl is presented on the background of a bright blue sky with delicate white clouds. There is nothing else in the picture either in the background or foreground to draw away the audience's attention from the child. Furthermore, the simple outdoor setting contrasts dramatically with industrialization taking place in Russia at the time. It is also in nature and in children that one might continue the search for the divine that the Romantics sought through an effort "to express, by suggestion, states of feeling to intense and mystical, or elusive to be clearly defined" (Encarta)....
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