February 16th, 2015

Valentin Serov as one of the premier portrait artists of his era


FindYourStampsValue.com is glad to inform that Russian Post has released a special stamp to commemorate one of the greatest artists of all times Valentin Serov. The issue was released on the 22d of January and is now available for purchasing.

Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov 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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