Portrait of Felia Litvinne
by Alexei Alekseevich Harlamoff


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Country of origin: Russia

Medium: Oil on canvas

Signed: Signed lower right

Dated: c. 1880

Condition: Professionally conserved and ready to hang

Size: 22.00" x 18.00" (55.9cm x 45.7cm)

Framed size: 30.00" x 26.00" (76.2cm x 66.0cm)

Provenance: Sotheby's London - Russian Art 29 Nov. 2011 Lot 141
O. Sugrobova-Roth & E. Lingenauber, Alexei Harlamoff. Catalogue raisonné 1840-1925, 2007, illustrated p. 244, pl. 214, listed p. 244, no. 64 as Felia Litvinne

Further information

Reknowned soprano singer, Felia Litvinne (1860-1936) sat for a number of portraits by Harlamoff. 'He was like a father to me,' she wrote in her autobiography, and on the painter's death she was his sole heir. Litvinne starred Moscow and St Petersburg, as well as the Paris Grand Opéra, The Metropolitan Opera in New York and London's Covent Garden. She was particulary famed for her performances in Wagner's operas, including a Russian production of the Ring cycle. She retired from the stage in 1916 and taught singing in Paris. Other portraits of Litvinne by Harlamoff hang in The Musée de l'Opera de la ville de Paris.

Artist biography

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Aleksei Alekseevich Harlamoff studied at the academy of fine arts in St Petersburg where he won a scholarship for his painting The Return of the Prodigal Son in 1868. He travelled to Paris where he worked for a time with Léon Bonnat at the École des Beaux-Arts. He painted a series of portraits including: Ivan Turgenev; Pauline Viardot-Garcia; Tsar Alexander II; Prince Demidoff-San Donato. We also owe several genre subjects to him such as Music Hour, as well as some heads of children and of young girls from Italy and Bohemia.

Museum and Gallery Holdings

Greenock (McLean Mus. and AG): The Sisters (c. 1870, oil on canvas)
Los Angeles (Getty Mus.): Sweet Thoughts (1890s, oil on canvas)
Moscow (Rumiantsev Mus.): A Head
Moscow (State Tretyakov Gal.): Portrait de E. A. Tretiakova
St Petersburg: Head of Bohemian Boy; Portrait of I. S. Turgenev