Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin loved to depict forests and rivers. Here and in this picture, written by the artist in 1894, the viewer seems to plunge into the natural world with a bright range of tones. The whole picture is permeated with air and color.
Here one feels the joy of being, a soft, soulful lyrical beginning. The girl put the book aside and fascinated listening to the birds singing. It is evident that she is not in a hurry. Just went into the garden to read another novel. Throughout the picture, there is penetration of soft sunshine and serenity.
The master did not specifically leave a single dark spot in order for the viewer to feel the coolness of the foliage on this hot summer afternoon. The writing of the landscape was conceived by the artist in bright colors, so that the viewer, like himself, perceived nature as something magical and subtle.
The image of a girl with a colored umbrella in her hands, which she hides from the sun, her snow-white blouse, her relaxed posture suggests that nothing can interfere with her unity with nature.
The artist specially depicted a mixed forest, because in the background you can see the smooth surface of a calm river, which makes you feel cool due to the light breeze. The master in the picture has displayed mighty trees to match him. Their crowns seem to protect the girl from the scorching sun, although the rays of the sun are trying to break through the thick foliage.
The year 1895 for Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin was marked by the release of his fourth album, in which 60 sheets of his best works were collected.
This picture is so light that Kazan spectators, when Shishkin in 1898 presented this picture to the residents of Kazan, asked the master to leave this picture to the city. The artist loved his native Kazan land very much and did everything possible for it. Many drawings, albums with his works, paintings were transferred to them to art school. During the war, they were in good condition at the local Kazan museum.