This portrait was painted by the famous Russian painter Ilya Repin, in a new, more realistic style. Life is presented as it really is, without unnecessary details and ornaments. There is an opinion that the heroine of this portrait is the sister-in-law of the great artist. In the middle of the canvas depicts a young girl with long hair, in a strict, unobtrusive look of black furniture. The only detail that focuses attention is the white collar, it adds a picture of light.
The girl is very modest, there are no decorations at all, the only accessory is an unremarkable, round brooch or button, which is located in the center of the chest. The girl is very beautiful, reddish, curly locks neatly stacked. Due to the correct play of light, the hair appears very voluminous and shiny. The main character is sitting on a luxurious, soft armchair in red. The color of the chair emphasizes the ruddy complexion of the girl’s face.
The artist wanted to concentrate all the attention of the audience on the heroine. This can be seen from the background of the picture, it is not noticeable, it is kept in warm colors and does not draw any attention to itself. On the lap of the girl lies a torn envelope, from which she took out a letter. The heroine holds it in her hands, and it seems to illuminate everything around. She reads it with great interest and positive emotions, carried away by reading the letter, she even slightly opened her mouth, which causes even greater interest of the viewer, after seeing this canvas, we can only assume from what she received this envelope and what it carries in itself.
At first glance, this picture does not carry any mystery in itself, but if you are careful, you can see that, in addition to the girl, someone else keeps a letter, but who is this remains a secret to us, it gives a canvas of mystery and intrigue.