Description of the painting by Valentin Serov “Portrait of Repina”

Serov’s parents were not artists. His father is a composer, his great-grandfather is a natural scientist. For the first time, the young artist's talent for drawing woke up in 1871, when he was placed in a commune in the Smolensk province. The measure was forced - the father died, the mother left to continue her education in Munich.

In 872, the commune broke up and Valentine had to leave for his mother, in Munich. Here he continues to draw and study painting with Kahl Kepping, a German engraver.

Serov preferred to draw portraits - he turned out to be unusually true. He painted mainly portraits to order. Despite the fact that he wrote them constantly, each time the artist was looking for new techniques in drawing that would help to reveal the character of the model on canvas in a special way. The artist himself admitted that portraits were a disease for him. At the same time, many wanted to have their portrait painted by the great master.

The artist managed to show us the model the way she wanted to look, while not embellishing anything.

"Portrait of Repina" Serov painted in 1881. Repin was his almost first teacher, after returning from Germany to Russia. They traveled quite a lot together, traveled to exhibitions. After they went to Zaporozhye, Serov was sent to the Academy of Arts for further training. In gratitude, Serov decided to paint a portrait of Repin's wife. The picture is painted in oil on canvas, its size is 29x26 centimeters. It is stored to this day in the capital of Russia - Moscow, in the Tretyakov Gallery.

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