Mikhail Nesterov is an artist who has left a deep mark on the world of painting. He is the author of a large number of paintings, but “Natasha on a garden bench” painted in 1907 stands apart in the master’s work. The name of the picture already suggests that Nesterov has special feelings for the girl depicted on the canvas. This is true, because the painting depicts the artist’s daughter, Natalia.
A young girl, dressed in a light blue dress, sits on a bench in the garden. A half-turn pose, a slightly bare shoulder – it seems that the artist stopped the moment, catching her by surprise. The girl’s pose is calm, her hair is loose, she is passionate about reading a book.
On the bench is a bouquet of wildflowers, apparently collected by the girl. Despite her young age and delicate delicate nature, she has a lot of vital energy.
The artist approached the painting of this portrait very responsibly, as if he was afraid of not saying something, not working out the picture. Therefore, all the elements of the composition look very finished, the overall impression of the painting “Natasha on a Garden Bench” leaves a feeling of harmony between the image of the girl and the image of the surrounding nature.
Year of painting: 1914.
Painting dimensions: no data.
Writing technique: oil.
Gallery: Museum of Russian Art, Kiev, Ukraine.