Art and Faith

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Valentin Serov. Entry of St Aleksandr Nevsky into Pskov After the Battle on the Ice. undated (1890s?)

00 Valentin Serov. Entry of St Aleksandr Nevsky into Pskov After the Battle on the Ice

Entry of St Aleksandr Nevsky into Pskov After the Battle on the Ice

Valentin Serov

undated (1890s?) 

Friday, 11 December 2009

Valentin Serov. A Girl with Peaches. 1887

A Girl with Peaches

Valentin Serov

1887

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If you were to pin me down and demand to know which Russian painting was “the greatest of all time”, this is the one that I would vote for.  Yes, this is my most favourite piece of Russian art. Mind you, my favourite artist is Zinaida Serebyakova, but, as far as individual paintings are concerned, this deserves to stand with the best of all time.

BMD

Friday, 23 November 2007

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

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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.

BMD

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

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Part Two of the portraiture of Valentin Serov. His famous portrait of Tsar St Nikolai Aleksandrovich the New Martyr is at the end of this programme. The portrait preceding that painting is of his daughter, Grand Princess St Olga Nikolaevna. They were murdered by the Reds in Yekaterinburg on 4/17 July 1918. Unfortunately, there were those in the diaspora who attacked the canonisation of the New Martyrs on sophistical grounds. Fittingly, those who did so are now undergoing a severe internal crisis. God DOES see and judge! The music is the Nocturne in D flat major, op 27 nr 2 by Frédéric Chopin played by Yevgeny Kissin.

BMD

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