Zinaida Serebriakova’s Nature: Landscapes

A large part of Zinaida Serebriakova’s oeuvre is the landscape. She worked with nature at her beloved Neskuchnoye – her ancestral estate near Kharkov, where she enthusiastically painted flowering gardens, fields, gardens, haystacks. In Tsarskoye Selo and Gatchin, she was attracted by their architectural monuments, parks and palace interiors. Living abroad from 1924, the artist painted landscapes of France, Italy and Switzerland.

In Zinaida’s 1914 work ‘Autumn landscape’, high mountains, shrouded in lilac haze, form a deep cup, at the bottom of which grow two large trees. Their shapes resemble a magical fire-bird spreading its wings: a swift whirlwind of big sweeping strokes creates their rusty-gold autumn leaves. Extensive generalized brushwork of restrained colors with ocher, brown, gray, purple tones gives the landscape a majestic, solemn character.

The world of images created by Zinaida Serebriakova is surprisingly harmonious, full of reverent attitude to life. One of the critics, who knew the work of the artist, said of her remarkable words: “… it is extremely modern, but its modernity is associated with eternity …”

[Translated from The 125th Anniversary of Zinaida Serebriakova’s Birth, National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk.]