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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- Romanticism, Vera, bright blue sky, cream colored tights, delicate white clouds, simple outdoor setting