Tag Archives: Russian Revolution

New home page image: Zinaida Serebryakova’s portrait of husband Boris

16 Jan

I recently discovered the painting of 20th-century Russian realist Zinaida Serebryakova (Зинаида Серебрякова). She was born into a part-French family of artists and lower gentry in eastern Ukraine, and lived a totally charmed life there and and in St. Petersburg, till the Revolution upended it all as it did for hundreds of millions others. Read about it.

I’ve totally fallen in love with her work, and that will probably convince many of what a hopeless sentimental philistine I am, plus a shameless idealizer of pre-Revolutionary Russia, plus a sexist. No problem. I’ll be posting one painting weekly on the Jadde home page till I’m through with my favorites.

First is her beautiful portrait of what must have been her very handsome husband Boris Serebryakov, who died of typhus in 1919, leaving her, at the worst of all political economic times, destitute and with four children.

Boris Serebryakov – Борис Серебряков – 1909

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Photo: Russian priest with communion chalice and peasant in countryside

29 Nov

Unfortunately I know nothing else about this pic: where or when or who took it…nothing. I guess we can safely say it’s before the Revolution. It’s just really beautiful.

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Photo: Moscow, a perfect palimpsest of said city

22 Nov

Churches, Stalinist skyscrapers, new skyscrapers. According to legend, Moscow had 1,600 churches before the Revolution, so that the bells of 40 churches could ring for every 40 days of Lent, and all 1,600 on Resurrection Sunday.

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