Russian intelligentsia in the portraits by Valentin Serov

Last autumn “Portrait of Maria Tsetlin” went under the hammer at Christie’s for £9.26 million, becoming at once the most valuable work produced by the artist and the most expensive piece sold during the so-called “Russian auction.” // Portrait of Maria Tsetlin, 1910

Last autumn “Portrait of Maria Tsetlin” went under the hammer at Christie’s for £9.26 million, becoming at once the most valuable work produced by the artist and the most expensive piece sold during the so-called “Russian auction.” // Portrait of Maria Tsetlin, 1910

Valentin Serov
January 19 marks the 150th anniversary of the Russian painter Valentin Serov, who overturned all previous notions of the ceremonial portrait. Serov was born in St. Petersburg into the family of a music critic and composer, but contrary to the laws of continuity chose the life of an artist.