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The works of Valentin Serov (1865–1911) mark the beginning of modern Russian painting. He presented them at the Secessions in Munich, Berlin, and Vienna, and at the World Fair and Salon d'Automne in Paris as well as at the Venice Biennial and the International Exhibition in Rome. He was involved in the progressive magazine Mir iskusstva and later enjoyed success as a stage designer for the Ballets Russes, along with its founder, Diaghilev. At the art academy in Moscow, he taught Petrov-Vodkin, Sapunov, Saryan, Kuznetsov, Mashkov, Larionov, and Tatlin.
The author goes on a journey through Serov's life as an artist in diverse cities, movements in painting, collections, aesthetic theories, and theater stages, and makes the artist's processes for creating pictures come alive.