30 May 2006
Portrait of a Lady, believed to be Madame Frankenstein signed.
Oil on canvas, 115 by 90 cm.
Provenance: Private Collection, Germany.
Authenticity has been confirmed by E. Kirilina.
Authenticity has been confirmed by Vladimir Petrov.
In 1875 in Paris, Repin discovered some of the first exhibitions by the Impressionists. Using their influence he started a canvas showing Parisian life called Parisian Cafe. It is very possible the lady in this painting is also the central figure of Parisian Cafe. It is believed the model is the wife of the Bavarian land-owner and politician Baron Georg Arbogast Frankenstein (1825–1890), who from 1881 to 1890 held the post of President of the Upper Chamber of the Bavarian Reichstag. A Portrait of a Lady is undoubtedly an important work of the young Repin.
E. Kirillina, Director of Research, Repin’s House Museum, Penaty.
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