By repute, the collection of Princess Xenia Georgievna, New York
Private Collection, New York
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner circa 1990
During the 1890s Krachkovsky received several Imperial commissions to paint the towns of Livadia, Massandra and Oreanda, located on the Crimea's 'Imperial' coast. His summer landscapes appealed to the entire spectrum of Russian society: they adorned the walls of the Livadia Palace and were reproduced as popular postcards. Princess Yussupova collected Krachkovsky's paintings and two of his Crimean views at the artist's 1902 solo exhibition were bought for the museum of Alexander III in St. Petersburg.
The Church of the Intercession of Our Lady is renowned for its beautiful mosaics and dome. In Anton Chekhov's Lady with a Lapdog, Gurov and Anna Sergeevna drive to the beautiful grove in the present work: 'At Oreanda they sat on a seat not far from the church, looked down at the sea, and were silent. Yalta was hardly visible through the morning mist; white clouds stood motionless on the mountain-tops. The leaves did not stir on the trees, grasshoppers chirruped, and the monotonous hollow sound of the sea rising up from below, spoke of the peace, of the eternal sleep awaiting us.'
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