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Portrait of an Unknown Woman with a High Coiffure

Kuchin Grigory,
Oil on canvas
65 х 48

State Russian Museum


There is no documentation for the birth and death of Grigory Kuchin, who is famous for holding puppet shows for children from the Moscow Orphange, had an unusually keen eye and a unique sense of humour. Depicting a young woman with a fashionable high hairstyle, he cut off the top part of her coiffure, thus showing that it may extend far beyond the edge of the canvas. Such an approach is rarely found in Russian painting.

Author's Biography

Kuchin Grigory

Kuchin, Grigory
Artist of the second half of the 18th century
Painter, portraitist. Worked in St Petersburg and Moscow (1770s–1780s). Arranged puppet shows for residents of the Moscow Orphanage.

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