Oil on canvas
90 х 72
State Russian Museum
Marie Feodorovna (1847–1928; née Marie Sophie Frederikke Dagmar, Princess of Denmark): Wife of Emperor Alexander III (from 28 October 1866). In her youth, she was known for her buoyant, friendly personality, which helped her get along with others and maintain a strong marital bond. In contrast to her husband, she loved balls and social life generally. Along with her husband, she was a patroness of artists and Fabergé. Like other Russian empresses, she did a lot of philanthropic work. After the 1917 Revolution, she was able to emigrate to Denmark, where she died at the age of 80, thereby setting a record for longevity among the House of Romanov.
Kramskoi, Ivan Nikolaevich
1837, Ostrogozhsk (Voronezh Province) - 1887 St Petersburg
Painter, draughtsman, engraver, portraitist, history painter. Worked as a retoucher with a travelling photographer (1853-57). Studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1857-63). Initiator of the rebellion of the fourteen (1863). Headed the St Petersburg Artel of Artists (1863-70). One of the founders and the ideological head of the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (1870-87). Academician (1869). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Imperial Academy of Arts, World Exhibition in Paris (1878) and the All-Russian Exhibition in Moscow (1882). Taught at the School of Drawing, Society for the Encouragement of Artists (1863- 69, with interval). Member of the Society for the Encouragement of Artists (1863-69, with intervals).