Recently the world’s been celebrating International women’s day which takes place on the 8th of March. This one of the reasons I’m offering you this picture. It was painted by probably the only widely famous Russian female artist Zinaida Serebriakova (1884 - 1967). The picture is called At the Dressing-Table (1909) and basically is a self-portrait. This is the picture that made Serebriakova famous.What we see here is a beautiful young woman doing here regular morning preparations. She’s by the mirror, combing her hair and smiling at the reflection. She’s not hiding from us, on contrary she’s inviting us to become guest of her pure, delicate, sweet and private female world that is full of little secrets.
The artist was born into one of Russia’s most refined and artistic families, her mother came from the Benois family. Zinaida studied arts in Italy, France and Russia. She started drawing early in childhood and main theme of her works was beauty of nature and people surrounding her. Lot’s of her works depict rural life, countryside and peasant people.
At the outbreak of revolution Serebriakova was left all alone with her four children and sick mother - her husband died of typhus. There was no work, no food.
In the autumn of 1924, Serebriakova went to Paris, having received a commission for a large decorative mural. On finishing this work, she intended to return to the Soviet Union, where her mother and the four children remained. Several years after she was able to have her two youngest children join her.
The next time she ever saw her elder children was 36 years later - in 1960.