ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Zinaida Serebriakova
I think the moment I fell in love with Zinaida Serebriakova (1884-1967) was the moment I first saw her self-portrait: that hair, those eyes, those glinting pearls in the foreground … it was love at first sight.
Serebriakova was one of the most prominent female Russian painters of the 20th century. What I’ve always admired about her is the way that she avoided transitioning to a style more in tune with the rising Russian Futurists (think Natalia Goncharova). Instead, she stuck with a more realist approach to painting with themes involving the working class, the poor, and family.