Arts Everyday Living: Self-Portrait of a Young Wife–A Memory of Russia



For the Art Circle group, a preview of one of the artists we’ll be discussing on Tuesday.  Originally published on 2/19/2015.




Zinaida Serebriakova (1884-1967) was destined to be an artist, for creativity dominated her Russian family’s DNA, producing her sculptor father, architect grandfather and brother, two painter uncles, as well as Oscar winning cousin Peter Ustinov. Although Serebriakova was an accomplished portraitist, her some 16 self portraits perhaps represent the most compelling works of a long career. An autobiography in paint revealing her calm resilience, ultimately overcoming the devastating effects of the Russian Revolution and World War I: from the young wife below still untouched by suffering to the mature woman who would endure the loss of her husband, two children, and her own country.

And click on At the Dressing Table (Self Portrait) for an even earlier view of Serebriakova and the accompanying link at the end of the blog.

Self Portrait

Zinaida Serebriakova, Self Portrait or Girl with a Candle, 1911, oil, Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia


Self portrait

Zinaida Serebriakova, At the Dressing Table (Self Portrait), 1909, oil, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia


The above images are used solely for educational purposes.


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