20 January 2012

"Bleaching Cloth"

"Bleaching Cloth" (1917) / Zinaida Serebriakova (1885 - 1967) / The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow. Russia.

"Kanga pleegitamine" (1917) / Zinaida Serebrjakova / Tretjakovi Galerii. Moskva.

"Беление холста" (1917) / Зинаида Серебрякова (1885 - 1967) / Государственная Третьяковская галерея.

Postcard, 1974.
My collection.

* Zinaida Serebriakova (née Lanceray) was among the first female Russian painters of distinction. She belonged to the artistic Benois family. Her grandfather, Nicholas Benois, was a famous architect, chairman of the Society of Architects and member of the Russian Academy of Science. Her uncle, Alexandre Benois, was a famous painter, founder of the Mir iskusstva art group. Her father, Yevgeny Nikolayevich Lanceray, was a well-known sculptor, and her mother, who was Alexandre Benois' sister, was good at drawing. One of Zinaida's brothers, Nikolay Yevgenyevich Lanceray, was a talented architect, and her other brother, Yevgeny Yevgenyevich Lanceray, had an important place in Russian and Soviet art as a master of monumental painting and graphic art. The Russian-English actor and writer Peter Ustinov was also related to her. Zinaida Serebriakova died in Paris on September 19, 1967, at the age of 82. She is buried in Paris, at the Russian cemetery at Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois. - Wikipedia.

* The most important of her works was "Bleaching Cloth", which revealed Zinaida Serebriakova's striking talent as a monumental artist. This work (141,8x173,6) is like a hymn to peasant labour.

1 comment:

  1. It's a beautiful image. I wonder how they kept birds from messing up the cloth.


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