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Anna Theodora Krarup (1862-1941) (Danish)
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Anna Theodora Krarup (1862-1941) (Danish)

Portrait of Rasputin

Details
Anna Theodora Krarup (1862-1941) (Danish)
Portrait of Rasputin
signed and dated 'Th. Krarup 13/XII 1916.' (upper left)
oil on canvas
39¾ x 27¾in. (100.5 x 77cm.)
Provenance
Finnish General Consul Otto Auer, purchased from the artist St. Petersburg, 1927
and thence by descent.
Literature
H. Kehler and W. Haste, 42 Aar i Czarriget og Sovet [42 years in Tsarregime and Soviet] (1941),
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Lot Essay

Theodora Krarup was born in Scheelborg in 1862 and studied in Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Helsinki, before fulfilling a lifelong ambition to visit Russia, at the age of 34, where she remained for forty two years. Krarup lived in St. Petersburg, where she was asked by the, dowager Maria Feodorovna to paint the late Alexander III from pictures. She was then commissioned to paint further Imperial portraits from life.

Krarup became a friend of Rasputin and painted a total of twelve portriats of him, the last of which was completed five days before his death. According to her memoires, Rasputin entrusted his own memoires, photograph album and letters to her, but these along with her own remaining works, she had to destroy the day before her deportation in 1938. However, she attempted to refute the scandalous reputation of Rasputin in her own memoires, dictated to and published by : Henning Kehler and William Haste.

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