Zinaida Serebriakova (1884-1967) "Russian landscape", watercolour, 1914

Zinaida Serebriakova (1884-1967) "Russian landscape", watercolour, 1914


Zinaida Serebriakova, nee Lanceray, (1884-1967) “Russian landscape” watercolour on paper, size 44x60cm, 1914.

It might be village Neskuchnoe depicted on this watercolour, village where she was born, near Kharkov, Ukraine.

Zinaida Yevgenyevna Serebriakova (nee Lanceray) was born on December 12, 1884 in the family estate Neskuchnoe in the vicinity of Belgorod. Her father Yevgeni Aleksandrovich Lanceray was a famous sculptor, while her grandfather Nikolai Leontyevich Benois was an academician and chairman of Saint Petersburg Association of Architects.

In 1900 Zinaida finished a grammar school for girls and entered Princess Tenisheva’ art school, where she studied under the outstanding artist Ilya Repin (from 1901) and the well-known portrait painter Osip Braz (in 1903—1905).

In 1905 the beginning artist married Boris Serebriakov, a railroad student then. They got acquainted in Neskuchnoe that was neighboring the Serebriakovs’ mansion. The newly-weds spent their honey moon and much time afterwards in Paris, where Zinaida was mastering her painting skills.

She joined the Mir iskusstva movement in 1911, but stood out from the other members of the group because of her preference for popular themes and because of the harmony, plasticity and generalized nature of her paintings.

In 1914–1917, Zinaida Serebriakova was in her prime. During these years she produced a series of pictures on the theme of Russian rural life, the work of the peasants and the Russian countryside which was so dear to her heart.

During the revolution in 1917 the Neskuchnoe house together with a huge library and a great number of drawings and canvasses was burnt down.

From 1924 Zinaida lived in Paris where she took part in art exhibitions as well as Russia ( Soviet Union ) 1966, 1967.

This work is a good example of a Russian period landscapes 1914-1917. Please find similar landscape in Tretyakov gallery, Moscow


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