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Parisian charm and longing for Russia in Serebryakova's paintings

In honor of the 130th anniversary of the birth of Russian artist Zinaida Serebryakova (December 12, 1884), the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow is hosting an exhibition of the Paris period of her work. Many of the exhibits are on display in Russia for the first time. Also on show are pictures by her children Alexander and Yekaterina. The exhibition will run till March 30. \ Self-portrait, 1921
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In honor of the 130th anniversary of the birth of Russian artist Zinaida Serebryakova (December 12, 1884), the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow is hosting an exhibition of the Paris period of her work. Many of the exhibits are on display in Russia for the first time. Also on show are pictures by her children Alexander and Yekaterina. The exhibition will run till March 30. \ Self-portrait, 1921
Zinaida Serebryakova came from the large Benoit-Lansere family of artists. The French surname Benoit can be traced back to Louis Jules Benois, a French court maître d'hôtel who moved to the Russian Empire in the 18th century. From then on, the whole family lived in Russia. Zinaida was born on the Neskuchnoe estate in Kursk Province (approximately 550 kilometers from Moscow). Her father Yevgeny Lansere was a sculptor, while her mother Yekaterina, sister of the artist Alexander Benois, was a graphic artist. \ Portrait of Uncle Mikhail Benoit, 1910

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Zinaida Serebryakova came from the large Benoit-Lansere family of artists. The French surname Benoit can be traced back to Louis Jules Benois, a French court maître d'hôtel who moved to the Russian Empire in the 18th century. From then on, the whole family lived in Russia. Zinaida was born on the Neskuchnoe estate in Kursk Province (approximately 550 kilometers from Moscow). Her father Yevgeny Lansere was a sculptor, while her mother Yekaterina, sister of the artist Alexander Benois, was a graphic artist. \ Portrait of Uncle Mikhail Benoit, 1910
Despite her incomplete art education, she had close contact with her uncle, Alexander Benois, who founded, together with Sergei Diaghilev, the World of Fine Arts association. It was family tradition that destined Serebryakova to tread the path of an artist \ Still Life with Attributes of the Arts, 1922

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Despite her incomplete art education, she had close contact with her uncle, Alexander Benois, who founded, together with Sergei Diaghilev, the World of Fine Arts association. It was family tradition that destined Serebryakova to tread the path of an artist \ Still Life with Attributes of the Arts, 1922
Her childhood and youth were spent at the Neskuchnoe estate, which belonged to her grandfather. The village today is located not far from Kharkov in Ukraine. During this period, Zinaida paid close attention to the work of the peasants and young girls in the fields and around the village. This theme would become a constant refrain in her oeuvre. \ In the kitchen, 1923

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Her childhood and youth were spent at the Neskuchnoe estate, which belonged to her grandfather. The village today is located not far from Kharkov in Ukraine. During this period, Zinaida paid close attention to the work of the peasants and young girls in the fields and around the village. This theme would become a constant refrain in her oeuvre. \ In the kitchen, 1923
In 1886, after her father's death, the family moved from their ancestral estate to St Petersburg. Zinaida graduated from a gymnasium for girls and entered art school. In 1902-1903, during a trip to Italy, she produced many natural sketches and studies. \ Veranda in Spring, circa 1900

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In 1886, after her father's death, the family moved from their ancestral estate to St Petersburg. Zinaida graduated from a gymnasium for girls and entered art school. In 1902-1903, during a trip to Italy, she produced many natural sketches and studies. \ Veranda in Spring, circa 1900
In 1905, she married her cousin, Boris Serebryakov, and the newlyweds promptly departed for Paris, where Zinaida attended the Academy de la Grande Chaumiere and produced many drawings of nature. \ Portrait of Boris Serebryakov, 1905

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In 1905, she married her cousin, Boris Serebryakov, and the newlyweds promptly departed for Paris, where Zinaida attended the Academy de la Grande Chaumiere and produced many drawings of nature. \ Portrait of Boris Serebryakov, 1905
A year later, the couple returned home to Neskuchnoe. Zinaida work intensely, creating sketches, portraits, and landscapes. Her first works already offer a glimpse of her own unique style and range of interests. Her first real success came in 1910, when Zinaida Serebryakova was 26 years old. \ Portret of artist Lola Braz, 1910

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A year later, the couple returned home to Neskuchnoe. Zinaida work intensely, creating sketches, portraits, and landscapes. Her first works already offer a glimpse of her own unique style and range of interests. Her first real success came in 1910, when Zinaida Serebryakova was 26 years old. \ Portret of artist Lola Braz, 1910
At the 7th Exhibition of Russian Artists in Moscow in 1910, the Tretyakov Gallery purchased Serebryakova’s self-portrait “At the Dressing Table” and the gouache “Autumnal Greenery”. Critics noted the magnificence of her landscapes: the clear, bright tones, technical expertise, and unparalleled natural beauty. \ At the Dressing Table, 1909

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At the 7th Exhibition of Russian Artists in Moscow in 1910, the Tretyakov Gallery purchased Serebryakova’s self-portrait “At the Dressing Table” and the gouache “Autumnal Greenery”. Critics noted the magnificence of her landscapes: the clear, bright tones, technical expertise, and unparalleled natural beauty. \ At the Dressing Table, 1909
The prime of her creativity came in 1914-1917 in Russia. During this period, Zinaida Serebryakova created a series of paintings devoted to Russian village life, peasant labor, and nature. \ Sleeping Peasant, 1917

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The prime of her creativity came in 1914-1917 in Russia. During this period, Zinaida Serebryakova created a series of paintings devoted to Russian village life, peasant labor, and nature. \ Sleeping Peasant, 1917
During the civil war in Russia in 1917, Zinaida’s husband worked in Siberia as a railway engineer, while she and her four children remained at the Neskuchnoe estate. It proved impossible to relocate to Petrograd (now St Petersburg). Serebryakova moved instead to Kharkov (in modern Ukraine). \ At Breakfast, 1914

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During the civil war in Russia in 1917, Zinaida’s husband worked in Siberia as a railway engineer, while she and her four children remained at the Neskuchnoe estate. It proved impossible to relocate to Petrograd (now St Petersburg). Serebryakova moved instead to Kharkov (in modern Ukraine). \ At Breakfast, 1914
In 1917, her family estate at Neskuchnoe burned down, destroying all her works. Later that same year, her husband Boris Serebryakov died. Forced under the circumstances to leave Russia, she made her way to France, where she lived with thoughts of her husband. During those years, she painted four portraits, which are now in store at the Tretyakov Gallery and Novosibirsk Art Gallery. \ Portrait of Boris Serebryakov, 1913

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In 1917, her family estate at Neskuchnoe burned down, destroying all her works. Later that same year, her husband Boris Serebryakov died. Forced under the circumstances to leave Russia, she made her way to France, where she lived with thoughts of her husband. During those years, she painted four portraits, which are now in store at the Tretyakov Gallery and Novosibirsk Art Gallery. \ Portrait of Boris Serebryakov, 1913
In the 1920s, Zinaida Serebryakova returned with her four children to St Petersburg. Daughter Tatiana began to study ballet. Zinaida often attended the Mariinsky Theatre with her daughter and went backstage. The creative dialogue she had with the ballerinas over the course of three years is reflected in the amazing series of ballet portraits and compositions. \ In the Ballet Dressing Room (Great Ballerinas), 1922

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In the 1920s, Zinaida Serebryakova returned with her four children to St Petersburg. Daughter Tatiana began to study ballet. Zinaida often attended the Mariinsky Theatre with her daughter and went backstage. The creative dialogue she had with the ballerinas over the course of three years is reflected in the amazing series of ballet portraits and compositions. \ In the Ballet Dressing Room (Great Ballerinas), 1922
In the first years after the revolution, the Soviet Union was abuzz with exhibitions. In 1924, Serebryakova took part in a major exhibition of Russian visual art in America. All her paintings were sold, the proceeds from which she decided to use to go to Paris to organize a new exhibition and receive commissions. \ Sculpture in the Tuileries Gardens, 1941

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In the first years after the revolution, the Soviet Union was abuzz with exhibitions. In 1924, Serebryakova took part in a major exhibition of Russian visual art in America. All her paintings were sold, the proceeds from which she decided to use to go to Paris to organize a new exhibition and receive commissions. \ Sculpture in the Tuileries Gardens, 1941
The years she spent in Paris did not bring joy or creative satisfaction. She longed for her homeland, and sought to reflect her love for it in her pictures. \ Swiss Landscape near Geneva, 1951

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The years she spent in Paris did not bring joy or creative satisfaction. She longed for her homeland, and sought to reflect her love for it in her pictures. \ Swiss Landscape near Geneva, 1951
It was only in 1927 that Serebryakova’s first solo exhibition was held. She sent the proceeds to her mother and children in Russia. 1965 saw an exhibition of her work in Moscow, two years after which the artist died in Paris. \ Self-portrait, year unknown

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It was only in 1927 that Serebryakova’s first solo exhibition was held. She sent the proceeds to her mother and children in Russia. 1965 saw an exhibition of her work in Moscow, two years after which the artist died in Paris. \ Self-portrait, year unknown
February 21, 2014
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