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Coachman Grigory. 1870

Marie Feodorovna, Grand Duchess,
Oil on canvas
71 х 55,5

State Russian Museum

Пост.: 1923 из Памятного отдела Русского музея


Empress Marie Feodorovna, like her mother, Queen Louise of Denmark, had an undeniable talent for painting. After she arrived in Russia, she studied with the famous landscapist Alexei Bogolyubov, who was close to the imperial family. Coachman Grigory seems to have been painted by the Grand Duchess under his tutelage. A love for art accompanied Marie Feodorovna throughout her life. The fact that her husband, Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich, became interested in collecting and started on the path toward patronising Russian artists is something for which that she should receive credit.

Author's Biography

Marie Feodorovna, Grand Duchess (1847– 1928)

Marie Feodorovna (née Marie Sophie Frederikke Dagmar), Grand Duchess
1847, Copenhagen (Denmark) – 1928, Villa HvidørenearKlampenborg (Denmark)
Danish princess. Wife of Tsesarevich Alexander III Alexandrovich, future Emperor Alexander III; Empress (from 1881); Dowager Empress after death of Alexander III (from 1894). Was a patron of arts and studied painting under Nikolai Losev.

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