Bathing a Horse
Valentin Serov painted this work during the 1905 revolution. The artist harmonically unites the images of youth and the free elements, personified by the keen young horse and the radiant energy of the windswept seascape. This picture was painted at the artist’s dacha on the Gulf of Finland. Contemporaries interpreted the upbeat notes and sunshine as an expression of the revolutionary moods and hopes for change sweeping Russia in 1905.