Portrait of a Young Woman
A Young Girl in Traditional Costume
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Alexei Alekseevich Harlamoff ( Saratov 1840 - Paris 1922 )
Harlamoff was born close to Saratov on the Volga River, and enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg at the age of 14. He won a gold medal in 1868 for his painting entitled The Return of the Prodigal Son. This enabled him to study in Paris at the École des Beaux Arts under the great portrait painter and teacher Leon Bonnat. Harlamoff’s talent in this area soon became clear as Emile Zola rated his portrait of Ivan Turgenev as amongst the best works of the Paris Salon of 1876. He regularly exhibited at the Paris Salon and won a second-class medal at the 1878 Paris Universal Exhibition.