Katrina was painted in 1907 in oil on canvas.
Zinaida Serebryakova is an artist who was engaged in creative work in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She lived in Russia and was a unique person, because there were only men in the painting. But Serebryakov did not stop. She left a lot of paintings that are valued in our country. Woman artist was one of the first in the history of world painting.
Born in a family where parents were associated with art, Serebryakova was no stranger to creativity. But she did not receive special education. She earned her professionalism and skill with the help of titanic labor, high self-criticism and constant self-education.
Serebryakova became a master of portrait painting. She constantly worked on nature. Zinaida Evgenievna organized the first exhibition in 1910, after which she gained popularity in creative circles. She began to be considered a new phenomenon of the 20th century.
Among her works in the portrait genre there is a painting “Portrait of a Nanny”. This is not the only portrait of this subject that the artist created under the influence of her simple peasant life. Serebryakov was attracted by the simplicity of their life, not by the plots. At that time, the artist created several canvases dedicated to peasant life.
The painting “Portrait of a Nanny” in 1907 depicts a simple woman. She is sitting on a chair, her look is tired. The nanny is modestly dressed, her gaze aloof. A white apron dilutes the overall modest look. Serebryakova skillfully portrayed a woman, she looks very realistic. All her thoughts are clear. Such Russian nannies raised children from different families in past centuries. Poets, artists, and simply talented people came out from under their strict control.
The canvas is in storage at the Taganrog Art Museum in the State Budgetary Institution of Culture of the Rostov Region.