Zinaida Serebriakova’s Extended Family

The Bather by Zinaida Serebriakova (1911) (Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg)

It is true that Serebriakova’s sister modelled for her famous Bathers of 1911; however, it sometimes appears as if all the nudes of her multiple Bathhouses were painted after her sisters or perhaps the artist herself. Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva, writing about this feature of Serebriakova’s works, noted that even in the artist’s portraits “there is a lot of grace and artistic revelation but… no resemblance [of the model]. In general, her portraits bear little resemblance to the sitters. Rather, all images of women resemble the artist herself. Well, why should it be otherwise?”

From: Exhibition catalogue, Zinaida Serebriakova, Syseca, France, 1995, p. 13, illustrated.

Ekaterina Lansere (the artist's mother) by Zinaida Serebriakova (Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg)

Ekaterina Zelenkova (the artist's sister) by Zinaida Serebriakova (1913)

M. E. Solntseva (the artist's sister), by Zinaida Serebriakova (1914)

Evgeniy Lansere (the artist's brother), by Zinaida Serebriakova (1915)