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1911, 98×89 cm • Oil, Canvas

Description of the artwork «Bather»

"Bather" one of the many beautiful women written by Zinaida Serebryakova. She was unsurpassed. Very, very beautiful women, girls and girls look to her paintings (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

It is widely believed that Serebryakova depicted here itself. In fact, she posed for sister Kate, with whom they were very similar. The portrait style is defined as neo-classicism. We see a return to the beauty and harmony of the body and peculiar, perhaps, all Nude Serebryakova fusion of sensuality and innocence, freshness and naturalness.

Zinaida Serebriakova, in fact, the first Russian safely back to the image of the female body not as a way of expressing some scenic trends or "study AIDS", and as a source of beauty and manifestations of beauty, self-sufficient aesthetic object. Female body Serebryakova acquires an independent value, and does not Express some ideas.

Bather – a very beautiful woman, with slightly slanting eyes – is depicted in a natural, relaxed position on the banks of the river among the dense greenery. The contrast of cool greens and Golden young body relaxed white drape. Very distinctive, memorable face girls: a little crafty glance, slight turn of the head, a half-smile, stray strands of hair. When the apparent "classicality" of the story, the picture gives the impression of immediacy and unique naturalness. Serebriakova herself explained so love to nu: "just because well the human young and pure body."

Over time, written by her Nude was valued much higher than it was during the life of the artist. For example, the picture "Sleeping girl"was sold for $ 500 in 1923 at the American exhibition of Russian artists. And in June 2015, at Sotheby's, an unknown buyer purchased the painting for $ 5.9 million, while the estimate 600-900 thousand dollars, which at the time was a record price for work Serebryakova.

Author: Alain Esaulova
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About the artwork
Subject and objects: Nude
Style of art and technique: Art Nouveau, Oil

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