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Serov, Valentin Aleksandrovich

18651911


Painter, graphic artist, stage designer and book illustrator. Master of portraits, compositions on mythological themes, retrospective paintings and animalistic genres. The son of the famous composer A.N.Serov, he grew up surrounded by art. His father died when he was young, after which his mother, V.S.Serova, a talented pianist took up the talented boys education. From the age of nine, Serov attended classes given by I.E.Repin. His second family was the Abramtsevo circle of S.I.Mamontov, an art patron, which provided an excellent environment for the early development of his talent. Between 1880-1885 he studied at the Academy of Arts under P.P.Chistyakov. He taught at the MSPSA (1887-1909). He was a member of the STAE (1894-1899) and the World of Art group (from 1889). A full Member of the Academy of Arts from 1903. Serov left the Academy in protest at the shooting of demonstrators in 1905. Serovs creativity and the scale of his ideas and their refinement places him on a par with the great masters of the past. Serov is one of the best Russian portrait painters. His creative method was a brilliant combination of tradition, innovation and influences from Russian art masters (D.G.Levitsky, V.L.Borovikovsky) and from past European artists (Velasquez, Titian, Ingres and Raphael). Serovs portraits are distinguishable by their multidimensionality and distinct characteristics, using the environment and subtly in the painting and the treatment of the image. Turning to stylization, the artist sometimes enriches it with subtle hues of irony. His creative work combines the gifts of a painter and graphic artist. Serov was influenced by various stylistic trends, such as realism, Impressionism and Art Nouveau, always mastering any movement with his brilliant individual manner. Serovs creative work evolves through three periods: the second half of the 1880s is the period of plein air and Impressionist experiments in painting (Girl with Peaches, 1887, Girl Bathed in Sunlight, 1888). During the 1890s he painted portraits of his artistic and creative contemporaries who he respected and felt an affinity with (portraits of K.A.Korovin, 1891; I.I.Levitan, 1893). Finally in the 1900s he took up the style of Art Nouveau (Portrait of H.L.Ghirshman, 1907, Rape of Europa, 1910). Serov was always looking for something new during his creative life. With the courage of a genius he denounced his previous influences and strove for unexpected themes and plasticity solutions. Teaching at the MSPSA (1897-1909) he influenced numerous experimental artists. Serovs creative work won international recognition. As a member of the patronage board at the Tretyakov Gallery he played an important role in developing its collection
Oxen

1885
Oil on canvas
47,5 59,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 41

At the Window

1886
Oil on panel
74,5 56,3
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 41

Evening in the Autumn. Domotkanovo

1886
Oil on canvas
56,7 72
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 41

Girl with Peaches. Portrait of V.S.Mamontova

1887
oil on canvas
91 85
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 41

St. Mark's Square in Venice

1887
Oil on canvas
22 31
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 41

The Riva Sciavoni Embankment in Venice

1887
Oil on canvas
22,5 31,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 41

Sunlit Girl. Portrait of M.Ya.Simonovich

1888
oil on canvas
89,5 71
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 41

An Overgrown Pond. Domotkanovo

1888
Oil on canvas
70,5 89,2
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 41

Portrait of Angelo Masini

1890
Oil on canvas
89 70
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 42

Portrait of K.A.Korovin

1891
oil on canvas
111,2 89
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 42

Portrait of Francesco Tamagno

1891-1893
Oil on canvas
78,3 69,2
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 42

Portrait of a painter Isaak Levitan

1893
Oil on canvas
82 x 86

A Tatar Village in the Crimea

1893
Oil on canvas
53 53
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 41

Tatar Women on the River Bank. The Crimea

1893
Oil on canvas
54 71
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 41

Portrait of Nikolai Semyonovich Leskov

1894
Oil on canvas
64 53
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 42

Summer

1895
Oil on canvas
73,5 93,8
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 41

October. Domotkanovo

1895
oil on canvas
48,5 70,7

Portrait of Grand Duke Pavel Aleksandrovich

1897
oil on canvas
166,7 149,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 42

Portrait of Nikolai Alexandrovich Rimsky-Korsakov

1898
Oil on canvas
96,5 113,2
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 42

Portrait of Emperor Nicholas II

1900
Oil on canvas
71 58,8
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 42

Mika Morozov

1901
oil on canvas
62,3 70,6
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 42

Portrait of Mikhail Abramovich Morozov

1902
Oil on canvas
215,5 80,8
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 42

Portrait of Glikeria Nikolayevna Fedotova

1905
Oil on canvas
123 95
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 42

Portrait of Maria Nikolayevna Yermolova

1905
oil on canvas
224 120
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 42

Peter I

1907
oil on canvas
68,5 88

Portrait of Henriette Girshman

1907
oil on canvas
140 140
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 42

Portrait of Nikolai Stepanovich Poznyakov

1908
Oil on canvas
83 100
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 42

The Rape of Europa

1910
oil on canvas
71 98
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 42

Odysseus and Nausicaa

1910
Cardboard, gouache
83,5 101,5

Portrait of Ivan Abramovich Morozov

1910
Tempera on cardboard
63,5 77
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 42

The Rape of Europa

1910s
Bronze
Height 28