OLGA ALEXANDROVNA

(Russian, 1882-1960)

SPRING FLOWERS

Watercolor on Paper

11¾ x 15⅛ Inches

Signed Lower Right

 

A delicate and acutely-observed, horticultural watercolor illustrating a selection of the colorful spring flowers that Duchess Olga would have observed on the grounds of Knudsminde Farm, her Danish estate from 1936-1948. This elegant work offers an eloquent insight into the genteel and unhurried life which became Olga's after the fall of the Russian Royal Family.

 

The daughter of Emperor Alexander III and the sister of the last Tsar, Nicholas II, Olga Alexandrovna was an accomplished artist who exhibited with success worldwide. The recipient of numerous prizes and awards, Olga contributed much of the proceeds of her sales to charity and preferred to give her work as gifts, both to close friends and to members of her large, extended family. Today, her cousin, Queen Elizabeth II, begins her day at Sandringham with nine of Olga's paintings hanging on the breakfast-room wall.

 

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