Sunday, December 23, 2012

With Children in the Mirror

Zinaida Serabriakova  "Self-Portrait with Children in the Mirror"  1917 Private Collection
For some reason I can't stop thinking about the Russian artist Zinaida Serebriakova (1884-1967) lately, and some kind soul sent me this painting which I had never seen before. So, something about Serabriaova's tender attachment to her children is in the air right now.

Serabriakova came from an illustrious art family but suffered much upheaval in her life, including the early loss of her husband, banishment to another country and concomitant separation from her beloved children. I am amazed nobody has turned this woman's life into a movie yet.. she was really something and lived through a lot of world changes. To see my earlier post on this artist click here or just click on her name in the side bar.


Marianne Fineberg said...

That's a fairly amazing painting. Deceptive at first; looks like a simple illustration but contains lots of complexity.

Ellen Eagle said...

How tender are her depictions of her children.

Alexandra Tyng said...

It's strange and poignant to see this painting and know what happened afterwords.

Nancy Bea Miller said...

Yeah, like a premonition of the separation!