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Description of the painting by Valentin Serov “Anna Pavlova”


Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov was born and raised in a creative environment. His parents formed a famous musical tandem: father is a composer and mother is a pianist. In their house people gathered art of various directions. Noticing his son's interest in art, his mother sent him to study in Paris. There, the illustrious Russian painter Ilya Repin became a mentor and close friend of Serov. Subsequently, he recommended Serov to study in St. Petersburg. However, he, having not finished his studies, is given to free creativity. Valentin Aleksandrovich writes pictures on a variety of subjects. Critics and viewers favorably accept his work, characterized by lightness and airiness, ease and deep philosophy.

While teaching at the Moscow School of Painting and Architecture, the artist created magnificent paintings and even managed to write posters for theatrical productions. Valentin Aleksandrovich was hourly close to both the theater and music communities. This was due to the environment in which he grew up, and is inherent in the time in which he lived. Then, at the end of the 19th century, the main calls in art were the blurring of the boundaries between its individual types and forms.

Originally conceived not as a picture, but only as a sketch for the main poster for S. Diaghilev’s theater, the drawing glorified Serov and his skill. The ballet dancer Anna Pavlova was imprinted on the poster. A graceful dancer, frozen in place on a rough canvas of a deep, saturated blue hue. Her silhouette is chalked, fragile and crumbling, like the whole barely perceptible charming image of a ballerina. In addition to the head and face, all the other details of the image are barely outlined, the figure of the dancer is illusory. She, as a beautiful vision, entails her immortal movements. Posters were made in full growth and made a splash during the show "Russian Seasons" in France. It was rumored that the portrait of Anna Pavlova caused even more discussion and feedback than the ballerina herself. The poster brought glory to both its author and dancer, glorifying it far beyond the borders of the country and awarding the honorary title of “dancing diamond”.

Anna Pavlova was inimitable and became a symbol of Russian ballet of the early twentieth century. Her strength lay in the fragility and virtuoso performance of the dance. It was as light as a feather, it was portrayed by Valentin Serov, immortalizing in her portrait the “silhouette of the silver age” - a fusion of classical and modern at the turn of the century. Without bright colors, extra lines and details, the artist created an immortal sophisticated and sophisticated image of the great ballerina, who is now as if ready to about to spin with a warm playful spark, like a white feather in the wind.





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