Arts Everyday Living: The Feminine Stages of Life–Shy Young Girl, Confident Mature Woman

Valentin Serov, Portrait Study of a Young Girl, n.d., oil, National Museum in Warsaw, Poland

 

Few artists can rival the depth and humanity of Russian portraitist Valentin Serov (1865-1911) who is considered one of his country’s great artistic masters.  His subjects were often prominent: from the Romanov family including Czar Nicholas II to members of the aristocracy to leading figures in the arts.  However perhaps his most moving portrayals are of girls and women, apparent in the two works featured here.

 

Valentin Serov, Sophia Dragomirova Lukomskaya, 1900, watercolor, whitewash on cardboard, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

 

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