1899, Kursk - 1969, Moscow

Portrait of a Girl with a Book


  • oil on canvas. 80 х 90
  • ЖБ-1815

  • Received in 1934 from the artist, Moscow

The painting depicts Serafima Ivanovna Lycheva (1906–1992), the artist’s energetic, purposeful, and strong-willed future wife. In late 1934 Alexander Deineka went off on a long trip abroad, visiting America, Paris, and Rome. Besides studies and sketches, he also sent long and detailed letters home to Serafima, sharing his impressions and thoughts. Deineka painted a portrait of Serafima on his return to Moscow, when “the end of his bachelor life was already in sight.”

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