Exhibition of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna's
Watercolours Opens in Vladivostock

Olga Kulikovsky opens the exhibition of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna's watercolours in Vladivostock.

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An exhibition dedicated to the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna has opened in the Arsenyev Museum at Vladivostock in Russia's Far East. The exhibition marks the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty.

The exhibit presents more than two hundred watercolour paintings, and personal belongings of the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna - the youngest daughter of Tsar Alexander III and sister of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II. The exhibition has already been showcased in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Lipetsk, Kostroma and Tyumen in Russia, as well as Washington, DC in the United States. During 2013, the exhibition will travel to other Russian cities.

The unique exhibit was organized by Olga Nikolaevna Kulikovsky, the widow of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna's eldest son, Tikhon Kulikovsky (1917-1993). Mrs. Kulikovsky heads the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna Memorial Fund, a Canadian-based charity that has provided large-scale medical and educational work in Russia over the past 15 years.

Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna was born in 1882, and spent her childhood at Gatchina, where she became involved in painting, studying with top artists and educators: Cyril Lemokh, Vladimir Makovsky, later - with Stanislav Zhukovsky and Sergei Vinogradov.

Over time, she was to become a talented landscape painter, a painter whose subtle, lurical watercolors transferred the thin beauty and tenderness of Russian nature onto canvas.

"The Grand Duchess was not just "fond of art, she patronized the Imperial Society of Watercolour Artists and bestowed on it, the name "The Arkhip Kuindzhi Society ", in honour of one of the founders of which was her teacher," said academician Konstantin Kryzhitsky.

Funds from a charity show, held at the Palace of the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, in St. Petersburg, went to assist the poor artists and their families. Olga was the benefactress of more than a hundred different charities. During the First World War, the Grand Duchess established a hospital and went to the front to work as a nurse.

Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna died November 24, 1960 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She was interred next to her husband in York Cemetery, Toronto, on 30 November 1960.

Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna 1882-1960

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Source & Copyright: Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia
16 January, 2013