Moscow: Imperial Academy of Arts, 1914. 2nd edition. Publisher's wrappers. Item #545
Book measures: 18.5 x 12.5 cm. 39 pages. Text in Russian. A copy with light wear.
The second edition of the exhibition catalog for the posthumous exhibition of works by V. A. Serov is a comprehensive and detailed record of the celebrated Russian artist's oeuvre. This edition meticulously describes 495 works by Serov, showcasing the breadth and depth of his artistic talent.
Valentin Alexandrovich Serov, known for his portraits and historical paintings, was a prominent figure in Russian art at the turn of the 20th century. His works, characterized by their realism and expressive use of color, captured the essence of his subjects and left a lasting impact on Russian portraiture.
This comprehensive compilation would be a valuable resource for art historians, students, and enthusiasts interested in Serov’s contribution to Russian art.
A notable feature of this edition is the inclusion of a separate sheet detailing the composition of the Exhibition Committee. This committee included distinguished figures such as Alexandre Benois and Sergei Diaghilev, among others, indicating the high regard in which Serov's work was held within the artistic community. The involvement of such prominent individuals underscores the significance of the exhibition and the esteem in which Serov was held by his contemporaries.
Overall, this exhibition catalog serves not only as a tribute to V. A. Serov's artistic legacy but also as a testament to the rich cultural and artistic milieu of his time. It offers a window into the world of Russian art at a pivotal historical moment and celebrates the enduring influence of one of its key figures.