Portrait of Sergey Pavlovich Diaghilev (1872–1929)

The artist is Serov

Diaghilev Sergey Pavlovich (1872–1929) – theater and artistic figure, publisher, critic. Publisher and, together with A. N. Benois, magazine editor „World of Art “(1898–1904). Organized in Paris „Russian historical concerts “(1907), which were the beginning of the introduction of the West to Russian music; performances of Russian opera and Russian ballet (Russian seasons; 1908–1929); in 1911 – troupe „Russian ballet Sergey Diaghilev “(the beginning of the performance in 1913 and existed until 1929).

The picture belongs to the vast series of portraits of the Russian creative intelligentsia created by Serov since the 1890s. Having met Diaghilev in 1897, at the very beginning of his activity, assessing his characteristic mind, the talent to recognize new, violent energy and exceptional organizational abilities, the artist remained his devoted friend and admirer until the end of his days, supporting in all endeavors, forgiving weaknesses.

The incompleteness and sketchiness of the letter becomes the reception of the romanticization of the image, strengthening it „Undergovernment “, informing him „multidimensionality “, translating the perception of the portrait of contemporary Serov into a plan of high traditions of world art. Vladimir Kruglov // Diaghilev and his era. SPb, 2001. With. five.

The image of Diaghilev occupies a prominent place in the vast series of portraits of the Russian creative intelligentsia created by Serov since the beginning of the 1890s. Having met Diaghilev in 1897 at the very beginning of his creative activity, assessing his characteristic mind, talent to recognize new, violent energy and exceptional organizational abilities, the artist until the end of his days remained his devoted friend and admirer, supporting in all endeavors, forgiving weaknesses and “” The impudence of Seryozha ”(and. N. Benoit). The idea to write a portrait of Diaghilev arose in Serov in the summer of 1904, when he was present at the beginning of the work of the artist L. With. Bakst above his famous “portrait with. P. Diaghilev with the nanny “. In the fall, Serov began to write Diaghilev in St. Petersburg, in his apartment, where the editorial board of the World of Art was located then, but soon cooled to work and the portrait remained incomplete. This incompleteness and sketchiness of the letter becomes the reception of the romanticization of the image, strengthening its “understatement”, mystery, telling him “multi -headed”, translating the perception of contemporary Serov into a plan of high traditions of world art. (AT. To.). Russian portrait. XX century: St. Petersburg, 2001. With. 121.

Diaghilev Sergey Pavlovich (1872–1929) – theater and artistic figure, together with a. N. Benois created the art association “World of Art”, co -editor of the magazine of the same name, propagandist of Russian art abroad, organizer of “Russian seasons” in Paris (since 1907), head of the Russian Ballet troupe with. P. Diaghilev “(1911–1929). Russian portrait. XX century: St. Petersburg, 2001. With. 78.

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