Olga's Gallery

Valentin Serov

Portrait of Anna Pavlova.

1909. Pencil on paper. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. Read Note.

Valentin Serov. Portrait of Anna Pavlova.

Pavlova, Anna Pavlovna (1881-1931), stage name of Matveyeva, ballet dancer. She was trained in St. Petersburg at the Imperial Ballet School, and became world famous. She performed in Russian Seasons in Paris since 1908; in 1910 organized a ballet company with which traveled with concerts though Europe, America, Asia. This drawing was executed as a sketch for a poster of Russian Seasons in Paris in 1909. Pavlova choreographed over a dozen works and did much to create the stereotyped image of the ballerina which persists today.
See: Valentin Serov. Anna Pavlova in the Ballet Sylphyde.