St. Cloud Family to Donate Rare Vereshchagin to the Museum of Russian Art May 3

Donation of Painting Marks First Vereshchagin in Museum Collection

MINNEAPOLIS (April 2, 2008) – The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Vasily Vasilevich Vereshchagin’s Oriental Woman (date unknown). This painting, generously donated to the museum’s permanent collection by Mr. Louis A. Brunckhorst, Jr. of St. Cloud, Minn., will be initially introduced to museum members at a private reception on May 3, 2008.

Mr. Brunckhorst, Jr. inherited the painting from his father, a prominent Wisconsin attorney who himself acquired the work in 1938 at the Hotel Metropol gallery in Moscow as a keepsake of his journey that season on the Siberian railroad. After 70 years of appreciation and preservation within the family and motivated by a desire to share this great work with the public, Mr. Brunckhorst, Jr., generously donated the painting to TMORA’s permanent collection.

“I was greatly impressed with TMORA’s commitment to celebrating all forms of Russian art and to educating Americans to its important history,” explained Mr. Brunckhorst, Jr.. “It is my family’s great pleasure to bestow this painting to an organization where we know it will be cared for and reach the widest possible audience.”

“TMORA is honored by Mr. Brunckhorst’s donation and is proud to mark this important step in the museum’s continuing evolution,” said TMORA president and director Judi Dutcher. “Oriental Woman is an outstanding addition to our collection and reinforces our unique position as the only non-profit educational museum in North America dedicated solely to the presentation of Russian art.”

About Vasily Vasilyevich Vereshchagin and Oriental Woman

Considered one of the great Russian masters of the 19th century realist style, Vereshchagin made his name as one of Russia’s most famous military painters and one of the first Russian artists to be widely recognized abroad. Oriental Woman is one of the portraits painted by the artist towards the end of his career during his time spent in the Far East. It is representative of the “Orientalist School,” where numerous artists of European and Russian repute became fascinated by the exoticism of Central and Far East Asian cultures.

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