This portrait is dated 1916, a year before the Russian Revolution of 1917.
It is said to have been painted at the SOLTAU prison camp in Germany, where Russian, French, and even German or Belgian civilians were held in detention in order to avoid the obligatory work imposed by Germany.
One of the particularities of this camp is that exhibitions of paintings and sculptures made by the inmates were organized within the camp itself.
This magnificent portrait is that of the Russian officer Cyril Krakov (translation made of the name written in Cyrillic characters at the top left).
It was painted by A. Quimquempois, who would certainly be another prisoner of this camp.
This painting is in its juice, it is painted on cardboard canvas, to report a small lack of scales on the right sleeve.
As you can see from the photos, the painter's touch is sharp and safe.
It has its original gilded wooden frame.
Dimension with frame:72,5 x 60 cm
Dimension without frame:61 x 49 cm
The photos are taken in natural light.
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