View 1 of Lot 37. VALENTIN ALEXANDROVICH SEROV | Still Life with Hare .
View 1 of Lot 37. VALENTIN ALEXANDROVICH SEROV | Still Life with Hare .
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VALENTIN ALEXANDROVICH SEROV | Still Life with Hare

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 GBP

VALENTIN ALEXANDROVICH SEROV | Still Life with Hare

VALENTIN ALEXANDROVICH SEROV | Still Life with Hare

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 GBP

VALENTIN ALEXANDROVICH SEROV

1865-1911

Still Life with Hare


signed in Cyrillic l.r. and dated 1880 m.l.

oil on canvas

35.5 by 50.5cm, 14 by 20in.



In 1879, at the age of fifteen, Valentin Serov was taken on as a student by Ilya Repin. As well as shadowing the master while he worked, Serov undertook an intensive programme of study set by Repin, and, as part of this, produced many still-lifes with the aim of developing and refining his artistic skills. As Serov’s biographer, Igor Grabar, writes of this period, ‘now there was nothing that could distract him from painting, and he gives himself up to it from morning to evening, almost without rest. He spends the entire day in the studio and works on the still-lifes set by Repin.’ (Grabar, Serov, Moscow 1913, p.39). The present lot is one of two still-lifes by the artist featuring a hare but the only oil. Following the artist’s death in 1911, both still-lifes were in the collection of Serov’s widow Olga.