Kees van Dongen, Lady with Beads, c.1923
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Zinaida Serebriakova
I think the moment I fell in love with Zinaida Serebriakova (1884-1967) was the moment I first saw her self-portrait: that hair, those eyes, those glinting pearls in the foreground … it was love at first sight.
Serebriakova was one of the most prominent female Russian painters of the 20th century. What I’ve always admired about her is the way that she avoided transitioning to a style more in tune with the rising Russian Futurists (think Natalia Goncharova). Instead, she stuck with a more realist approach to painting with themes involving the working class, the poor, and family.
Edwin Henry Landseer, High Life and Low Life, 1829
I love the contrast between these two portraits, particularly in the way Landseer has created two juxtaposed settings, which are clearly in reference to the different characters and lifestyles of the dogs and their respective owners.
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, The Woman with a Pearl, c.1868-70
Self-Portraits (1493, 1498, c.1500) by Albrecht Dürer, German Renaissance painter
Arshile Gorky, The Artist and His Mother, c.1926-36