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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Russia 2015 Stamp Issue
150th Anniversary of Birth - Valentin Serov





:: RUSSIA
 :: THEME: Valentin Serov - Painter 
  :: NOMINAL VALUE: 50 RUB 
   :: ISSUE DATE: 22 January 2015
    :: STAMP DESIGN: Olga Ivanova
     
    



The artist's work is striking diversity: he worked in the genre of landscape painting, created historical and mythological compositions, playbills and sketches for productions, illustrations for books.
All creativity Valentin Serov noted searching for a new artistic language. Heightened sense of time, intolerance toward any falsehood do many of his works a source for understanding life in Russia at the turn of the XIX and XX centuries.  
The stamp shows a picture of V.A. Serov "October. Domotkanovo"(1895, TG), on the sidelines of the post block - portrait of the artist.
Portraiture. 
From 1890 on, the portrait became the basic genre in Serov's art. It was in this field that his early style would become apparent, the paintings notable for the psychologically pointed characteristics of his subjects. Serov's favorite models were actors, artists, and writers (Konstantin Korovin, 1891, Isaac Levitan, 1893, Nikolai Leskov, 1894, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, 1898, - all in the Tretyakov gallery).
Initially abstaining from the polychromatic, brightly colored painting style of the 1880s, Serov often preferred a dominant scale of black-grey or brown tones. Impressionistic features appeared sometimes in composite construction of a portrait, or to capture a sense of spontaneous movement. As in the work of his contemporaries John Singer Sargent and Anders Zorn, the impressionism is not doctrinaire, but derives as much from the study of Hals and Velázquez as from modern theory. 
Receiving wide popularity, in 1894 Serov joined with the Peredvizhniki (The Itinerants), and took on important commissions, among them portraits of grand duke Pavel Alexandrovich, (1897, Tretyakov Gallery), S.M. Botkin, 1899, and F.F. Yusupova, 1903 as well as Princess Olga Orlova (these in the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg). 
In these truthful, compositionally skillful, and picturesque executions in the grand manner, Serov consistently used linear-rhythmic drawing coupled with decorative color combinations.
At the same time, he developed a contrasting direction: he frequently produced intimate, heartfelt, chamber portraits, mainly of children and women. In portraits of children Serov aspired to capture pose and gesture, to reveal and emphasize a spontaneity of internal movement, sincere cleanliness and clearness of attitude of the child (Children, 1899, Russian Museum, Mika Morozov, 1901, Tretyakov gallery). Serov frequently called upon various graphic techniques - watercolors, pastels, lithographs and so forth. Figures in Serov's portraits gradually became more and more graphically refined and economical, particularly during the late period (Vasily Kachalov, 1908, Tamara Karsavina, 1909; numerous figures from Ivan Krylov's fables, 1895–1911). From 1890 to 1900 Serov produced many landscape compositions on country themes, in which the artistic direction took a romantic turn.


ISSUE DATE: 22 January 2015
NOMINAL VALUE: 50 RUB
CIRCULATION: 70 000
STAMP DESIGN: -
STAMP SIZE: 42 mm х 30 mm
SHEET SIZE: 107 mm × 76 mm
PERFORATIONS: 12 1/2 : 12
PRINTING PROCESS: offset + partial varnish
RUSSIAN POST PRODUCT NUMBER: 1909




150th Birth Anniversary of Valentin Alexandrovich Serov (1865-1911)
150 лет со дня рождения В.А. Серова (1865–1911), художника
Souvenir Sheet
PRICE: 50 RUB




150th Birth Anniversary of Valentin Alexandrovich Serov (1865-1911)
150 лет со дня рождения В.А. Серова (1865–1911), художника
First Day Cover (FDC)





150th Birth Anniversary of Valentin Alexandrovich Serov (1865-1911)
150 лет со дня рождения В.А. Серова (1865–1911), художника
Presentation Pack



150th Birth Anniversary of Valentin Alexandrovich Serov (1865-1911)
150 лет со дня рождения В.А. Серова (1865–1911), художника
Postmark