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Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov ((January 19, 1865 - December 5, 1911) was a Russian painter, and one of the premier portrait artists of his era.

Serov was born in St. Petersburg, son of the Russian composer Alexander Serov, and his wife Valentina Bergman, a composer of German-Jewish and English background. In his childhood he studied in Paris and Moscow under Ilya Repin and in the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts (1880-1885) under Pavel Chistyakov. Serov's early creativity was sparked by the realistic art of Repin and strict pedagogical system of Chistyakov. Further influences on Serov were the old master paintings he viewed in the museums of Russia and Western Europe, friendships with Mikhail Vrubel and (later) Konstantin Korovin, and the creative atmosphere of the Abramtsevo Colony, to which he was closely connected.


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Portrait of Madame Lwoff, 1895 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Portrait of Madame Lwoff, 1895
Curtain design for Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov's ballet... - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Curtain design for Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov's ballet...
Peter II (1715-30) and the Tsarevna Elizabeth (1709... - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Peter II (1715-30) and the Tsarevna Elizabeth (1709...
Madame Lvov - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Madame Lvov
Bathing a Horse, 1905 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Bathing a Horse, 1905
Girl with Peaches, 1887 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Girl with Peaches, 1887
Portrait of Prince Felix Yussupov (1887-1967) 1903 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Portrait of Prince Felix Yussupov (1887-1967) 1903
Portrait of Princess Olga Konstantinovna Orlova (1872... - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Portrait of Princess Olga Konstantinovna Orlova (1872...
Tsar Nicholas II - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Tsar Nicholas II
Portrait of the artist Isaak Ilyich Levitan (1860-1900)... - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Portrait of the artist Isaak Ilyich Levitan (1860-1900)...
Portrait Of The Artist Ilya Repin 1892 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Portrait Of The Artist Ilya Repin 1892
Iphigenia at Tauris, 1893 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Iphigenia at Tauris, 1893
Self Portrait, 1901 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Self Portrait, 1901
Alexander Pushkin (1865-1911) in a Park, 1899 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Alexander Pushkin (1865-1911) in a Park, 1899
Portrait of Henrietta Hirshmann (1885-1970), 1907 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Portrait of Henrietta Hirshmann (1885-1970), 1907
The Botkin Children - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
The Botkin Children
Peter I (1672-1725) at Monplaisir - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Peter I (1672-1725) at Monplaisir
Peter I the Great (1672-1725) 1907 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Peter I the Great (1672-1725) 1907
The Rape of Europa, 1910 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
The Rape of Europa, 1910
Portrait of Ida Lvovna Rubinstein (1880-1960) 1910 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Portrait of Ida Lvovna Rubinstein (1880-1960) 1910
Portrait of Konstantin Korovin (1861-1939), 1891 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Portrait of Konstantin Korovin (1861-1939), 1891
In Winter, 1898 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
In Winter, 1898
Portrait of Sofia Mikhailovna Botkina, 1899 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Portrait of Sofia Mikhailovna Botkina, 1899
Portrait of Count Feliks Feliksovich Sumarokov-Yelstov... - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - www.valentin-aleksandrovich-serov.org
Portrait of Count Feliks Feliksovich Sumarokov-Yelstov...
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