Serov, Valentin Alexandrovich. 1865-1911 Creation date:
The painting conveys an overpowering atmosphere of artistry, in the residence of art patron Savva Ivanovich Mamontov - Abramtsevo estate, located north of Moscow. There, Mamontov an artistic union which included most of the best Russian artists of the beginning of 20th century, such as Konstantin Korovin, Mikhail Nesterov, Ilya Repin, Vasily Polenov, Valentin Serov, Mikhail Vrubel, the brothers Vasnetsov, sculptors Viktor Hartmann and Mark Antokolsky, as well as many others. Mamontov also patronized the Russian Private Opera which discovered the great Russian bass Chaliapin, and supported the Russian opera composers Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Alexander Borodin, Modest Musorgsky. The painting embodied the ideal of "welcome", to identify further development path of Russian Impressionism. In the center - iconic image of the elder daughter of Mamontov - Vera (Faith). Artist carries a harmonious internal world of the tiny "Muse" of Abramtsevo.