Subdued by a gentle face and childish naive gaze, Serov chose his cousin for this painting. Mashenka Simonovich turned out to be a muse for him and an incentive for creativity. This girl became for the author something truly near and dear, therefore, after the painting “Girl with Peaches”, in 1888 “The Girl, Illuminated by the Sun” slightly changed the style of writing.
It remains only that the picture depicts young persons and the fact that the artist did not refuse the portrait. A new portrait of the author decided to write on the background of the lush nature of the estate in Domotkanovo. The portrait is full of life and radiance. The color scheme and saturation of shades emphasize the summer motive.
Everything is green and full of flavors, the sun is infinitely playing with rays, warming the earth. Somewhere in the distance, tired of the scorching sun, the girl sat down to relax in the shade of the trees. Even hiding under the trees, she could not completely hide from the sun set, therefore, leaning on a tree, tried to hide completely.
The traits of the girl talk about her origins and where she grew up. Beautiful Russian features, bright blush on the cheeks, slightly thoughtful, but truly joyful and peaceful. This work did not leave anyone indifferent, many enthusiastic responses remained on her memory. But there were also those who called this work impressionistic.
However, the author himself tirelessly asserted that there were no shades of impression in her, he simply conveyed his deep feelings of delight and affection with real Russian beauty. Also this work was one of his favorites. Without concealing his love for subtle and earthly feelings, the author without hesitation wrote his sister, conveying her childhood traits and adult gaze, sensual body and head immersed in thought. In the picture, the girl seems to be playing with the sun, and it is with her.