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Zinaida Serebryakova is one of the first Russian women painters to write themselves in the history of painting. Her creativity, which did not come under any influence, is quite independent and original.
The painting "Self-portrait with daughters" was painted swiftly, easily. The impression that two little daughters, having seized the moment, clung to their mother when she decided to take a break, in a work shirt and with tassels in her hands. Faces, hair - not painted out carefully, but smoothly, voluminously, academically, as in the sketches of the old masters, but in clothes and background one can see incompleteness and carelessness, which gives the picture more modernity.
The girls look seven or eight years old, they are dressed in "vests", which in those years could often be seen in children. The mother is about 35 years old, but her face seems so young - so young - like the girls clinging to her. The face is oblong, a straight long nose, a beautiful neck, and simplicity, nobility and modesty show through in features and in look. The look is open, kind and clean, deep. A self-portrait is such a personal work of the artist in which he can most clearly and clearly show his spiritual inner world and express himself as we may not know him.
The children who hugged her say that without them she cannot imagine her life, they are an important part of herself. This expresses her feminine nature, her essence. In fact, the way it is - Serebryakova, after the death of her beloved husband, did not see joy in anything but her children - their existence encouraged her, gave strength and life. This can be said by how often she depicted on numerous canvases of her children.
Children are one of the main themes of her paintings. Serebryakova, by the way, was the granddaughter of Benoit himself. Thanks to her connections, she was even offered a job as a professor at the Academy of Arts; she, in her modesty, refused.
Caravaggio Madonna With the Snake