SEROV, Valentin
(b. 1865, St. Petersburg, d. 1911, Moscow)

Portrait of Princess Orlova

1911
Oil on canvas, 238 x 160 cm
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Serov, who taught at the Moscow College of Art from 1897 to 1909, was later to be a high-society portrait artist, painting aristocrats and intellectuals. He had a firm grasp of the fleeting moment, and a bravura sense of colour. These qualities, and the nervous tensions or decorative zest of his outlining, made his works highly evocative.




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