This selection is unique is several ways. It is the only selection from Russia. It is also the only piece from an artist that was not a member of the academy of arts.
Here, the little girl is separated from the viewer by both the water and the reeds. The picture plane has the viewer looking across the water to see this melancholy child, as if to suggest she is beyond reach. The natural setting does more than divide the viewer from the subject however. The colors suggest changing season, most likely autumn. The girl not wearing shoes is not an indication of the season, but instead alludes to her family's economic status. Vasnetsov's attention to detail makes the wilderness stand out more than the previous pieces. Where the other subjects were enhanced by their placement against nature, this child is almost solely defined by her placement in nature. Here is a girl alone in the wilderness with autumn setting in. She has no shoes, and is sitting on a rock, sadly gazing at the reflection on the water.. Vasnetsov could have placed this girl in a town or a city, but her placement in nature defines this painting.