Source: Royal Russia
February 1, 2016
An exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of Russian painter Valentin Serov's birth at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow closed on January 31st, breaking the museum's attendance record of almost 500,000 visitors - including Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Valentin Serov (1865 –1911) is little known in the West, but he is one of Russia's most important and beloved painters of the latter half of the 19th and early 20th centuries. He is particularly noted for his portraits of the Emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II, among other members of Russia's Imperial and Noble families.
The exhibition which opened on October 5, 2015 presented 250 works of 18 Russian and 5 foreign museums and private collections.