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Pierre Auguste Cot (1837-1883)
“Le Printemps” (“Spring”) (1873)
Oil on canvas
Academicism
Located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, United States

Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873)
“Countess Alexander Nikolaevitch Lamsdorff” (1859)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, United States

The twenty-four-year-old countess depicted here was the wife of Alexander Nikolaevitch Lamsdorff, a Russian aristocrat and Francophile. The book of English poetry in her lap is thought to be a reference to her father, Ivan Alexandrovitch Beck, a poet and translator. Her choice of a fashionable day dress may have been suggested by Winterhalter, who is known to have advised his sitters on their wardrobe and posed them to their best advantage in his studio.

The Metropolitan Avenue-Grand Street Station on the G Line.

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