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(b St Petersburg, 7 [19] Jan. 1865; d Moscow, 22 Nov. [5 Dec.] 1911). Russian painter and graphic artist, son of the composer Alexander Serov. He studied privately under Repin from an early age and then in 1880–5 at the Academy in St Petersburg, where he became a friend of Vrubel. His work includes landscapes, genre pictures, and historical scenes, as well as book illustrations, but he is best known as a portraitist.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)