Some art historians believe that Zinaida Serebryakova painted her self-portrait during her fascination with the East.
Zinaida Serebryakova is the first woman who managed to enter the history of Russian painting. Thanks to her bright and clear gift, she painted her paintings full of light, kindness and joy.
Zinaida was lucky to be born in a family where the whole atmosphere was saturated with a love of art and architecture. We can say that she is from birth with a pencil in her hands. The girl’s talent manifested itself at an early age - she preferred not to play with her peers, but to spend time drawing.
Unfortunately, the fate of Zinaida was not easy. Despite a comfortable childhood and life in Russia, after the death of her husband Boris Anatolyevich (died of typhus), Zinaida had a hard time. Having become a widow at 35 and left alone with her children and a sick mother, she was forced to earn a living for herself and her children, selling her paintings for a penny. With the outbreak of the Civil War, the artist was forced to leave Neskuchnoe and move to Kharkov. But even there, luck does not smile at her.
In 1924, she made a difficult decision for her to leave to work in Paris. Unfortunately, the departure was not temporary, but forever. Everything that Zinaida Serebryakova earned in France, she sent home, children and mother.
On “Self-portrait in a scarf” we see a young girl with lively and mischievous eyes. The scarf on her head is tied in an oriental manner. The picture evokes a smile from the viewer. Not a lot of colors were used in the picture, mainly deep blue.