Alexander Serebriakov

Sufficient time has elapsed since our last exploration of the Serebriakov name (I mean of course the doyenne Zinaida Serebriakova) so without guilt I can put up the few paintings accomplished by her son Alexander (Александр Серебряков, or Alexandre Serebriakoff) (1907-1994). He was one of the finest cityscape painters of Paris of the twentieth century, and his oeuvre is a veritable treasure-trove of architectural history of large parts of his adopted city that are no longer extant. He was also an artist with a keen eye for interior detail as we shall see below.

Recall that Alexander followed his mother to Paris in 1925. There are works of his from the ancestral home of Neskuchnoye that still survive, and he painted several as well from photographic images of his childhood. [1]. He and his mother were collaborators on many a project (he helped her on her panel work for Baron de Brouwer’s mansion in Belgium). Where he struck off on his own was in the incredibly detailed paintings of the interiors and lives of the great fashionistas of the 20th century. [2].

Serebriakov was also a set designer and an illustrator of books in the 1940s. You can see examples of both types of his works in Lohengrin, or Carmen: The Story of Bizet’s Opera – The Authorized Edition of The Metropolitan Opera Guild; or the children’s illustrated ballet book he created.

The catalogue raisonné of his interiors is the lushly illustrated book by Patrick Mauries (available in French and Italian). [3]

‘La place des Vosges’, Paris. (1926).

Pont Neuf, Paris. (1934).

‘Quai Henri IV’, Paris. (1940).

Popoff & Cie. (1946).

View of Rue Casimir Delavigne. (1947).

Interior of Serge Ivanoff’s studio in Paris. (1944).

An interior of Alexandre Popoff’s apartment in Paris. (1945).

View of the dining-room in Alexandre Popoff’s apartment.

The Apartment of Sofia Dragomirova-Lukomskaya. (1945).

The Apartment of Sofia Dragomirova-Lukomskaya. (1945).

Boris Kochno and Christian Bérard’s living room. (1946).

The Flower Room of Madame Lopez-Willshaw, Hotel Rodoconachi. (1951).

The Library, Hôtel Lambert.

Le Bal Oriental. (1969).

Ditchley Park.

Pavillon Turc, Apremont-sur-Allier.

Three Cornered Hat, illustrated by Alexandre Serebriakoff.

References

1. Tatyana Burkyakovskaya, ‘Zinaida Serebriakova – on the trail‘, Vremya, 27 December 2011.

2. The Peak of Chic blog, ‘What’s in their library: Todd Romano‘, 01 July 2008.

3. Patrick Mauriès, Alexandre Serebriakoff – Portraitiste d’interieurs, Franco Maria Ricci, 1990.

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3 thoughts on “Alexander Serebriakov

  1. This is marvelous. I have been a great fan of his work for years, and regret to this day that I was the under-bidder on one of his water colors of Bebe Berard’s studio. I must find the book mentioned here. Reggie

  2. The above image of Apremont is actually the Belvedere rather than the Pavillon Turc. Both were designed by Alexandre Serebriakoff. The interior of the Belvedere contains tile work done by Faiencerie Matagnon of Nevers. These 8 imaginary landscapes (executed by FM) document the voyage of the character(s) known as the Puicinelli – the creation of GianDomenico Tiepolo – whose work both Alexandre and Gilles de Brissac held in high estime. The 8 original watercolor/gouache paintings which served as the basis for the work by FM, may still be on view at Apremont. Alexandre created a drawing as well as a scaled maquette of the Belvedere circa 1985. The watercolors were done at full scale roughly between 1986-1994.
    Thank you for the photographic documentation regarding the Kharkov residence. Excellent work.

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