Summer (Portrait Of A. N. Pechiney with her daughter Ia)

Nicolai Fechin • Painting, 1924
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Art form: Painting
Subject and objects: Portrait
Style of art: Impressionism, Art Nouveau
Date of creation: 1924

Description of the artwork «Summer (Portrait Of A. N. Pechiney with her daughter Ia)»

"Summer," painting the American period depicting the artist's wife Alexandra and daughter of Oia, the top of his plein-air painting. It is less well known than many other impressionistic "Breakfast" that , and we need to do something because "Summer" is a very worthy representative of this collection.

Summer glade and sunshine, a girl and a woman bathed in its rays. The main characters of the picture, perhaps, of Alexander with the Oia, but those same glare, light, shimmer, shimmering, vibration and lights. Set aside the Alexandra palm indicates the clearing, as if tells the viewer where to look for the main hero of the picture – here he is pouring all the light. Clothing, still life on the table, flowers, greens in the meadow – all this is a complex, refined and deep play of light and color nuances.

A feature of many Fechin paintings combining portrait and environment, whether landscape or interior, is the density of human form and the blurring, dissolving light flow and space. This is evident in one of the primary works Feshin, "Lady in purple" inherent in such a feature and this picture: solar flare that turns the world into a sparkling jewel, wonderfully emphasize the materiality of the form. First of all pay attention carefully written hand – Feshin generally masterfully wrote hands and thoroughly knew their anatomy. However, sometimes the master does the exact opposite. For example, in the picture "Iya with melon" the material is very dense and just interior components, and the appearance of the girls, on the contrary, dissolves in the light, it seems translucent.

From the picture emanates a feeling of summer serenity, harmony, joy, happiness. Wife and daughter – favorite Fechin model, their images are filled with special warmth and tenderness.

Author: Alain Esaulova