Art of the 20th Century

 



Art Styles in 20th century - Art Map



 







Valentin Serov






 

Valentin Serov

 

(b St Petersburg, 19 Jan 1865; d Moscow, 5 Dec 1911).

Russian painter, graphic artist and stage designer. As a child he lived in St Petersburg, but he made frequent trips abroad. In 1874 he travelled to Paris with his mother and frequented the studio of the Russian Realist painter, Il’ya Repin. In 1875 the art patron Savva Mamontov invited Serov and his mother to settle at ABRAMTSEVO outside Moscow, where he again had the opportunity to study under Repin and to meet other artists in the Mamontov circle. The Symbolist paintings of Mikhail Vrubel’ and the late Impressionist landscapes and figure studies of Konstantin Korovin he saw at Abramtsevo had a lasting influence on the young Serov. From 1880 to 1885 he studied at the Academy of Art, St Petersburg, under Pavel Chistyakov (1832–1919). During the 1880s Serov also travelled abroad and became aware of French Impressionism. He began to use bright colours in portraits of figures seen in dappled sunlight and shade, as in his portrait of Vera Mamontov, Girl with Peaches (1887) and a portrait of Mariya Simonovich, Girl in Sunlight (1888; both Moscow, Tret’yakov Gal.). Russians were so unfamiliar with French Impressionism at this time that when Pavel Tret’yakov immediately bought the Girl in Sunlight one of the older Realist artists complained that he was ‘infecting [his] gallery with syphilis’.

 

 

 


Peter the Great


 

The Grand Eagle Cup
1910


 

Peter I in "Mon Plaisir"


 

Portrait of Henrietta Girshman
1907


 

Portrait of Ida Rubenstein
1910


 

Model
1905


 

The Rape of Europe
1910


 

Portrait of Princess Orlova


 

Princess Olga Orlova
1911


 

Sophia Lukomskaya
1900


 

Portrait of Sophia Botkina


 

Prince Felix Yusupov
1903


 

Coronation of Nicholas II of Russia


 


Portrait of Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovitch


 


Portrait of Tsar Nicholas


 

Rimsky-Korsakov


 

Poster advertising the inauguration of the first "Russian Season" at the Theatre du Chatelet, París
1909


 

Anna Pavlova in les Sylphides
1909


 

In the Village


 

Soldiers, Soldiers Everyone, Where is All Your Glory Gone?


 

October: Domptkanovo

Discuss Art

Please note: site admin does not answer any questions. This is our readers discussion only.

 
| privacy