VALENTIN SEROV (1865–1911)


Valentin Serov (to the left) and Ilya Ostroukhov at the porch of Abramtsevo Studio. 1880s

Valentin Serov was born in St. Petersburg. He took private classes in Munich and at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg (1880–1885).

Serov was a painter, a graphic artist, a decorative and applied arts designer, a scene-painter and a pedagogue. He was a member of the Society of Traveling Art Exhibitions (since 1884), a member of the New Artists' Association of Munich (since 1898) and a full member of the Academy of Arts (1903).

Serov was a participant of the Abramtsevo Colony since the very beginning (1878). In Abramtsevo the artist practiced in painting and graphics, worked in the pottery, participated in the amateur performances. He cooperated with the Russian Private Opera of Savva Mamontov as a scene-painter.

Today the Abramtsevo Museum holds the artist's pictures and graphics as well as decorative items made to his designs.


Valentin Serov. Girl with Peaches. Portrait of Vera Mamontova. 1887