This is someone who was lucky and unlucky because this woman. She became the first Russian artist in the world. It so happened that mainly men are engaged in painting and there are no female masters at all. She was the first. This is perhaps the only thing for which she was respected at the Academy of Arts of the USSR.
All the rest was not considered necessary to mention. Her paintings became unexpectedly popular in the late 60s – in the early 70s of the last century. Until that time, her work stood under the strong bar “Forbidden”.
It’s all about her emigration. She did not accept the revolution, she simply did not know what to do. She didn’t want to draw what the new government offered, and it wasn’t her – portraits of the leaders and feats of the first five-year plans. She was increasingly inclined to classical painting. And she decided to accept the order, which came from France, and went there to work in a familiar environment.
But, alas, she could not return to her homeland. But they also didn’t take the children to themselves. She had four of them: two, later, after all, were still with her, friends helped to ship. The other two remained in the USSR with her mother. Only during the “thaw” in the 60s the family was able to reunite. But Serebryakov was already a subject of France.
As for the canvas itself, it only confirms its commitment to the classics in painting. A clear body line, tenderness of colors, amazingly good face of a woman who is not embarrassed by her own nudity. It could be Madonna herself in the modern version, but this is just a bather. But how much grace in this woman, how much charm and simplicity.
She is covered only slightly, but what she sees is fascinating. And most importantly, the background is very interesting. She sits somewhere on the bank of some river and is either going to enter the water, or has already been there, but it does not matter. It is important that she is beautiful.