Lost Serebriakova Up for Auction

At the Dressing Table. Self Portrait – Zinadia Serebriakova 1909*

If you’re not familiar with the work of Russian artist Zinaida Evgenievna Serebriakova, it’s time. One of the first Russian women to gain acclaim as a painter, Serebriakova’s is one of the most distinct voices  of late 19th/ early 20th century Russian Realism. Two of her decorative murals, long thought destroyed during WWII, have just resurfaced and are up for auction at Bonham’s May 30th.

From Art Daily:

“The two nude, allegorical figures are entitled ‘Jurisprudence’ and ‘Flora’ and both paintings are estimated to sell for £700,000 – 900,000. Serebriakova was commissioned by the Belgian nobleman and philanthropist Baron de Brouwer to paint a series of murals in his villa in Belgium, on the French border. […] Unfortunately Baron de Brouwer and his wife both died during the Second World War, after the panels were finished, and it was thought that his house had also been destroyed. The house however remained standing and changed ownership a number of times. The murals also remained untouched for over 70 years, although the owners thought they had been executed by an unknown Flemmish artist. “

*Image courtesy of Wikipedia

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Author: Barry O'Keefe

Artist/printmaker from Richmond, Va

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