The artist is Repin
In the early portrait of the future wife, a serious young girl sitting in the chair with a thoughtful and attentive look is depicted. Repin chooses an unusual setting of the model, boldly connects large local color spots, skillfully applies the technique of textured smear overlapse. In this work, the main distinguishing feature of Repin’s future portrait creativity was demonstrated – the desire to use all the possibilities of a fine language for the reliable transmission of individual features of the person depicted by him.
Repina Vera Alekseevna (nee Shevtsova; 1854–1918) – the wife of the artist, daughter of the academician of architecture a.And.Shevtsova, whose Repin rented a room while studying.
Ilya Efimovich and Vera Alekseevna got married in 1872. Four children were born in the family: Vera, Nadezhda, Yuri and Tatyana. The marriage lasted 15 years, but it can hardly be called happy. Vera Alekseevna, focused on raising children, a salon lifestyle to which the artist burden was a burden. In 1887, the couple broke up.