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Russian Women Painters:

1893 Chicago World's Fair and Exposition


Compiled by K.L. Nichols




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This Page:
Olga Bariatinsky
Olga Beggrow-Hartmann
Princess Imeretinsky
Sophia Ivanovna Kramskaya
Mlle. Olsonfieff
Yelena Polenova
Elena Karlovna Vrangel



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Princess Olga Bariatinsky (19th Century)


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Still Life--representative work.




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Summer Landscape with
Artist's Children, Figlie and
Leouille, Observing Orchids

--representative work.

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Portrait of Prince Bariatinsky
--exhibited in the Women's
Building, 1893 Exposition.


Female figure, sketch from nature (image
unavailable)--exhibited in the
Women's Building, 1893 Exposition



Born Berestovskaïa, Princess Olga Bariatinsky was a princess of the Russian imperial family, married to Prince Vladimir Valdimirovitch Bariatinsky. Her sister-in-law was Princess Anatole Marie Bariatinsky, author of My Russian Life (1923).  No other information is available online.




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Olga Feodorovna Beggrow-Hartmann (1862-1922)


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An einen Brunnen gelehnt stehender
weiblicher Akt mit Flügeln, einen Schmetterling
beobachtend
[Leaning on a fountain a standing female
nude, watching a butterfly]
1892--representative work



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Still-life with Fish
--representative work.

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[title unknown]--This image may be
A Child's Head. Enfant au Biberon
(1892)--which was exhibited in the
Women's Building, 1893 Exposition.


The Bilberries are Ripe (image unavailable)--
exhibited in the Women's Building, 1893 Exposition



Although Olga Beggrow-Hartmann was born in Heidelburg, Germany and studied art at the Stuttgart Academy of Art with Nikolaus von Gruenewaldt und Ferdinand Kellery, her paintings were shown as part of the Russian Exhibition at the 1893 Exposition. She was the grand-daughter of the lithograph artist Ivan Petrovic Beggrow and the wife of painter Karl Hartmann, and was actively engaged in her art in Stuttgart, St. Petersburg, and München.




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Princess A. Imeretinsky (19th Century)

[Spelled "Imiretinski" in the official 1893 Exposition records]



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Landscape--exhibited in
the Women's Building,
1893 Exposition.


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Landscape--which was
exhibited in the Women's
Building, 1893 Exposition.


Princess Imeretinsky was a Russian painter.  No other information is available online.




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Sophia Ivanovna Junker Kramskaya (1866 or 1867-1933)

[Listed as "Mlle. Kramskoi" in the official 1893 Exposition records]



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Portrait of a Girl--representative work.



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Her Majesty Empress of
Russia
[Maria Fyodorovna]
--exhibited in the
Women's Building,
1893 Exposition.


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Grand Duke Konstantin
Konstantinovich as Hamlet
in the theatre play by
William Shakespeare on
February 21st, 1899
1899--
representative work.


Sophia Ivanovna Kramskaya was a talented girl in a Russian household full of brothers, but was evidently a favorite of her father, the famous painter Ivan N. Kramskoy, who was also her first art teacher. She lived in Paris in the early 1890s and was a member of the group called the Artistic Circle of Women. Sophia frequently exhibited, and both daughter and father painted several portraits of the members of the imperial family. After her husband, St. Petersburg lawyer George Junker, died in 1916, followed by a decade or more of political revolution and turmoil, Sophia was accused of counter-revolutionary propaganda and sentenced to three years in Siberian exile, although she spent most of those years in prison hospitals due to ill health. In 1933 the artist died "in mysterious circumstances." Her name was not "rehabilitated" until 1989, some eighty years after her death.




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Mlle. T. Olsonfieff (19th Century)


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The Banks of the Oka--exhibited in the Library of
the Women's Building, 1893 Exposition.



Mlle. Olsonfieff was a Russian painter.  I have tried various spellings--Olsuffief, Olsuffiev, Olsuvief, Olsufjev (all acceptable alternatives)--but can find no information about a woman painter by this name.




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Yelena (Dmitrievna) Polenova (1850 - 1898)

[Listed as "Helena Polienoff" in the official 1893 Exposition records.]


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Icon-painting Workshop in the 16th
Century
1887--representative work.



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Zhar-ptitsa [Firebird]--
representative work.



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Illustration for a Russian folktale [title
unknown]
--representative work.


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Illustration for a Russian folktale
[title unknown]--representative work




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After the Bath--
exhibited in the Fine Arts
Palace, 1893 Exposition.

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Backyard in Winter 1886--
representative work.


Before the Examination (image unavailable)--
exhibited in the Fine Art Palace, 1893 Exposition



Although she was born in Moscow into an artistically-inclined family, Yelena (or Elena or Helena) Polenova did not begin studying art until she was nearly 30 (inspired by a failed romance).  She studied art under Pavel Chistyakov in Moscow, under Ivan Kramskoi in St. Petersburg, and at the studio of Charles Chaplin in Paris.  With the women's activist Nadezhda Stasova, she organized women's craft courses in St. Petersburg.  Later in Moscow, she became involved with the Abramtsevo circle  dedicated to preserving Russian folk art and handicrafts.  She and Savva Mamontov organized a carpentry and wood-carving studio where she designed furniture and carvings, but she continued to produce more realistic paintings also.  Her illustrations for Russian folk tales (see above) helped define the Russian version of Art Nouveau by the turn-of-the century.  Her brother Vasily was also an artist.




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Baroness Elena Karlovna Vrangel (1835 - 1906)

[Listed as "Helena Wrangel" in the official 1893 Exposition records]


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Einsames Boot an der Kuste--
representative work.




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Landscape --
representative work.


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Arabian Motif--representative work.


Landscape (images unavailable)--
exhibited in Fine Art Palace, 1893 Exposition.



Elena Karlovna Vrangel was a landscape and animal painter, born in Novgorod, who studied with Vladimir Shervud in Moscow and at the Académie Julian in Paris. No other information is available online.




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Text written by K. L. Nichols


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Bashkirtseff, In the Studio (1881).


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Posted: 6-25-02; Updated: 01-12-17