DMITRI SARABIANOV Book Number: 70243 Product format: Hardback
Valentin Alexandrovich Serov, who stands apart from other painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was not only a great reformer and pace-setter but also an artist who linked two important periods in Russian painting – one creating sun-lit, real-life scenes, the other concerned with finding a new symbolism and a new mythology to reflect the modern world. It could be said that the road travelled by Russian art in the course of 25 years, bridging the turn of the century, was that from Serov’s Girl with Peaches (page 16 of this volume) to his Portrait of Ida Lvovna Rubinstein (pages 116-117 idem). Without violating any of the precepts of his teacher, the famous Ilya Repin, the young artist initiated a new method which was to evolve even further in the work of most of the artists of his generation. On a par with Serov’s later paintings, his graphic art acquired an unusual stylistic purity, which can be experienced in the last section of this lovingly detailed volume. He worked in a wide range of materials, pencil on paper mounted on cardboard, charcoal and chalk on canvas, graphite, watercolour and white chalk, black chalk – even charcoal, chalk and coloured pencil on yellowish paper – without losing any of the impact of his strong individualistic style. A revelatory199 pages 25cm x 29cm in brilliant colour and b/w, including archive photos of family and friends. New publication.
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