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The year 1900 was marked for Ilya Repin by a second marriage. His chosen one was the admiral’s daughter, writer Natalya Nordman-Severova, in whose name he acquired a mansion called Penates in the village of Kuokkala.
At the same time, misfortune happened, for the painter it was simply murderous - Repin's right hand refused, because of which he had to relearn how to paint. Note that at this time, Repin lived quite secluded, he did not visit his friends and did not participate in exhibitions, despite the fact that the artist’s estate was located in general not far from the capital.
Note that in "Penates" Repin was destined to live until the end of his days. As a result of subsequent turbulent events, Finland separated from Russia, which has now become Soviet.
The appearance of the portrait of Nadezhda Repina - the daughter of a great artist - also dates from this period. The tone of the picture is unusually light and peaceful: the girl, walking in the park, decided to hide from a sultry day under an umbrella.
She is dressed in the fashion of the last century: in a white blouse, which is adorned with a brooch, and a skirt with a wide belt. She has a hat on her head. The woman’s face is extremely calm and peaceful, and only the bumblebee, which appeared from nowhere, can violate this idyll. Note that Repin until the end of his life remained realistic.
Despite the fact that he continued to write at the turn of the century, in his work there are no examples of impressionistic and symbolist experiments such as “Demon” by Vrubel and “Makov in Argenteuil” by C. Monet. However, this did not stop Repin from creating psychologically very accurate and “live” pictures. This applies fully to the canvas "In the Sun."
It seems like a few more moments - and we will feel the heat of the afternoon, we will smell the smell of herbs and flowers, and somewhere nearby we will hear the buzzing of a bumblebee flying to us.
Barge Haulers on the Volga Repin