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Description of the painting by Valentin Serov “Portrait of A.P. Chekhov”


The name of the artist Serov is probably familiar to every Russian person. The author of the famous "Girls with Peaches" is considered one of the most popular and famous artists of Russian art.

Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov, such his full name, was a graphic artist and painter, whose talent was recognized during his lifetime. Serov was friends with Repin, from whom he borrowed a lot of technical and pictorial elements of creativity, went to the Academy of Arts and was constantly engaged in painting, improving his skills.

The direction in which he worked is usually defined as realism. Indeed, looking at Serov’s paintings, it’s hard not to start marveling at the realism and liveliness of the depicted scenes. But the main thing in his work was to become the portrait genre.

It showed all of Serov’s talent, all his love for capturing people and their habits, costumes and the surrounding interior. The master managed to find his place in the world of art, and he became the main portrait painter of Russia.

Valentin Serov, throughout his long and fruitful life, captured on canvas and papers many cultural figures of his time. He worked hard for Tretyakov, filling out his collection of “outstanding people”, but he also did the work for himself.

One of his most interesting portraits can be considered the image of the writer A.P. Chekhov, or, as Serov always called him, "The Elusive Chekhov." Why did he call him that? The answer lies in the image itself.

Valentin Alexandrovich undertook to write Chekhov many times, but was never completely satisfied with the result. He wanted to note every detail, emphasize the importance of Chekhov. And only this portrait, executed in 1903, almost satisfied the artist.

Written quickly, on paper and in graphic monochrome, the portrait captures the elusive essence of the writer with the unsurpassed lightness and liveliness that is characteristic of all portraits of Serov’s brush.





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