Art and Faith

Friday, 23 November 2007

A World of Lost Brightness, Part Three (music by Chopin)



Part Three of the portraiture of Valentin Serov. This rounds out this series of Serov’s portraits and human studies. No doubt, you can see why he was considered the premier Russian portraitist of his day. In fact, he died of a heart attack in 1911 whilst he was hurrying to a sitting with a client. God was good. He spared Serov the pain of seeing his beloved country crash down into ruin some six years later. I used my sole Serov still life as an appropriate end to this cycle. The painting before the flowers is A Girl with Peaches (1887), my absolute favourite piece in our Russian oeuvre. The music is the Nocturne in C sharp minor, op 27 nr 1 by Frédéric Chopin played by Yevgeny Kissin. All three Serov videos use Chopin nocturnes performed by Kissin for two reasons. Firstly, it provides a thematic bridge between the three parts. Secondly, I used nocturnes because “night” was about to fall on Serov’s world… “a world of lost brightness”. The sun didn’t fully rise again for 75 years.


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