Portrait of Ida Rubinstein, Valentine Serov, 1910

Portrait of Ida Rubinstein, Valentine Serov, 1910
Portrait of Ida Rubinstein, Valentine Serov, 1910 - 1

  • Posted by Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1910

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of Ida Rubinstein – Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov. 1910. Canvas, tempera, coal. 233×147

   Like a lively fresco of old Italian masters, the famous dancer Ida Rubinstein looks from a portrait of Serov’s brush. Unnaturally straight lines of arms, legs, backs – violate the academic canons of painting, but emphasize the subtlety and grace of the model. The prospect in the picture is also broken, so the figure of the dancer really merges with the wall. Sulfur even deliberately reinforces this impression by choosing the same color for the body and background. The intricate hairstyle of the ballerina resembles a halo. A turn of the head, a complex and, at the same time, very harmonious pose – a link to the work of Renaissance masters.

   The overall impression of the portrait is formed gradually, after studying the details and accessories. A sophisticated embodiment of refined beauty, reclining on the purple-blue bed. A green scarf that wraps around a flirty leg forms a certain framing on the bed, the frame of the model.

   Amazingly, using the aesthetics of the painting of Art Nouveau, Serov delicately reveals the image of Ida Rubinstein, its artistic nature, the least-sided sadness and light, barely noticeable irony…