FOUNDATION “GRANY. ART - CRYSTAL - BRUT” PRESENTS
Natalya Ilyina, Olga Kovaleva
The Artist’s Wife: Olga Serova
#3 2015 (48)
The Department of Manuscripts of the Tretyakov Gallery has about one hundred letters written by the Russian artist Valentin Alexandrovich Serov to his wife Olga Fyodorovna Serova. Purchased from the couple’s daughter Olga Valentinovna Serova in the 1930s, they form a key part of the great artist’s documentary heritage, and although his wife’s letters have not survived, the collection is testimony to the huge affection Serov felt towards his life companion.
John E. Bowlt, Anna Chernukhina, Olga Kovaleva, Elena Terkel
“Words of Magic”: The Literary Heritage of Leon Bakst
#1 2008 (18)
Of the many artists of the Russian Silver Age Léon Bakst (Lev Samoilovich Rozenberg, 1866–1924) deserves the highest acclaim for his contribution to both studio painting and the decorative arts. Among Russian stage designers, he enjoyed – and continues to enjoy – the widest recognition for legendary productions such as Cléo-patre , Schéhérazade, Le Dieu Bleu and The Sleeping Princess, in which he astounded audiences with munificence of colour, tactile form and exposure of the dynamic force of the human body.