Zinaida Evgenievna Serebriakova (Russian, 1884-1967) Self-portrait with brushes 60.5 x 46cm (23 3/4 x 18in).

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Lot 58*
Zinaida Evgenievna Serebriakova
(Russian, 1884-1967)
Self-portrait with brushes 60.5 x 46cm (23 3/4 x 18in).

£ 60,000 - 80,000
US$ 79,000 - 110,000
Zinaida Evgenievna Serebriakova (Russian, 1884-1967)
Self-portrait with brushes
signed and dated '1945' (lower left)
watercolour, gouache and oil on paper laid on board
60.5 x 46cm (23 3/4 x 18in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    A la Vieille Cite, 350 Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris, c. 1978
    Acquired from above by a private New York collector
    Thence by descent

    A certificate of authenticity will be issued by the Zinaida Serebriakova Foundation on request

    Сертификат, удостоверяющий подлинность произведения, будет выдан Фондом Зинаиды Серебряковой

    The self-portrait occupied a very important place in Zinaida Serebriakova's oeuvre. At every stage of her life she turned to this genre, starting with life in Russia and ending with her last days in France. Her self-portraits - executed in different media (oil, pastel, sanguine) - are a kind of picturesque diary of the artist. In them, the artist studies her face and the way it alters over time. For example, in her early self-portraits, Serebriakova appeals to the maternal and she is often surrounded by children. In other examples she portrays herself more formally, as an artist with the typical attributes of palette and brush. The offered lot Self-portrait with brushes was painted in Paris right after the war. It was a melancholy period for the artist and she painted a lot, even though she did not receive many commissions. Accustomed to painting from sitters, the artist faced the problem of a lack of models because her children were busy, and she was often alone. As such, her favourite genre came into its own. Self-portraits with oil (1942, 1945), sanguine (1944) and pencil and the present lot were painted during the war. Even at a difficult time in her life, Serebriakova portrays herself with a slight smile and with the symbol of her creativity: the palette and brush. The portrait is rendered with light brushstrokes and portrays her face finely. In it Serebriakova appears restful and, perhaps, in expectation of better times to come after the war.

    Автопортрет занимал очень важное место в творчестве Зинаиды Серебряковой. На каждом этапе жизни художница обращалась к этому жанру: начиная с пребывания в России и заканчивая последним днями во Франции. Автопортреты, выполненные в разных техниках (масло, пастель, сангина), – являются своеобразным живописным дневником художницы. На них она изучает свое лицо и изменения, связанные с временем и возрастом. Например, в ранних работах Серебрякова обращается к материнским образам, часто она окружена детьми, а в других, более официальных, она предстает в образе художника с атрибутами искусства. Представленный на аукцион Автопортрет с кистями был написан в Париже сразу после войны. В это трагическое время Серебрякова много работала, хотя заказов на портреты было не много. Привыкшая писать с натуры, художница столкнулась с проблемой отсутствия моделей. Дети художницы были заняты, и она часто бывала одна. Именно поэтому Серебрякова вновь обращается к любимому жанру - автопортрету. Автопортреты маслом (1942, 1945 гг.), сангиной (1944 г.) и карандашом и также представленный на торги, были написаны во время войны. Несмотря на тяжелое время и жизненные неурядицы художница изображает себя с легкой улыбкой, она продолжает писать, как символ ее творчества выступают палитра и кисти. Портрет выполнен в легкой эскизной манере с хорошо проработанными деталями лица. На нем отображено состояние покоя и, возможно, ожидание лучших времен после войны.
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