Somov is a Russian artist of the late 19th century, who preferred portraits and landscapes.
He usually worked in the style of “modern”, which is characterized by attention to detail, the absence of sharp straight lines in favor of naturalness and smoothness, as well as the desire to bring art into all spheres of human life, thus mutually ennobling them.
“Sleeping young woman in the park” – the picture for him is not quite characteristic. Rather, representing a storyline than a landscape or portrait, it is a little out of the rest of his works. It depicts a young woman dozing off in a park on the shore of a pond. Hat with blue ribbons neatly laid aside. The sleeping head rests on a soft pad, under one hand – the book is not fully closed, the other is thrown over the head.
Her hair is curly, her face is not just serene, like any sleeping person, but joyfully, as if she were dreaming of something pleasant. A skinny angry dog sits at her feet and is discharged cautiously and attentively – she guards the owner and is ready to bite anyone who encroaches on her.
And around the park, which is not frozen by the fact that the girl is sleeping in it. Green shadows of foliage gently glide over the grass, the sky and the blossoming lilac are reflected in the waters of the pond. A woman in a lush dress is sedately walking a little boy – most likely, she is his nanny. It is very unlikely that the mother.
Two young men fence with swords. Their postures are intense, conveying the way they are absorbed in the fight. This is hardly a duel, rather a training match. White clouds float across the sky, and the whole picture is painted brightly, juicy, conveying the spirit of summer that tinkles with life, when nature rejoices and people rejoice.
She is all like the hymn of youth and life. The mood rises from looking at her – is it possible to grieve if it is such a wonderful day, and the clouds and the sun, and so sweetly sleep in the shade of a rustling tree.