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23rd November 2023

Girl with Peaches (1887) by Valentin Serov (1865-1911) shows the young Vera Mamontova in a light-filled dacha (summer house) at the Abramtsevo artists' colony near Moscow. Serov, whose work has been compared to the French Impressionists, captures the light and freshness of summer in the countryside, and highlights the importance of the dacha in Russian life, literature, and culture. The Soviet Century (2012) devotes a chapter to the changing role of the dacha post-Revolution.


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