In his monograph published only two years after Serov’s untimely death in 1911, Igor Grabar praises the present work: ‘In the late autumn [of 1886] he [Serov] went to Abramtsevo, where he painted the marvellous Pond from the Tretyakov Gallery, and then his glorious Winter, which remained in Abramtsevo and still hangs there today’ (I.Grabar, Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov: zhizn' i tvorchestvo, Moscow: Knebel, 1913, p.70). The third painting mentioned by Grabar is another winter scene which at the time belonged to Ilya Ostrukhov and which is now in the Tretyakov Gallery. Slightly smaller in size, Grabar refers to it as a ‘version’ of the present lot.
Winter in Abramtsevo remained in the collection of Alexandra Mamontova, the youngest daughter of Savva Mamontov and director of the Abramtsevo Museum, until her death in 1952.
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