Morten Thrane Brünnich
(b. Copenhagen 1805, d. St. Petersburg 1861)
A Russian interior with a young Russian lady wearing a white silk dress, standing at a grand piano. Signed and dated M. Brünnich 1851. Oil on canvas. Oval. 60×48 cm.
Morten Thrane Brünnich was a Danish-born Russian artist, educated from the Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen, where he became a portrait painter. In the early 1840s he emigrated to Russia, where he achieved even greater succes. Here, he painted for the higher Russian bourgeoisie and the Russian nobility. He even painted for the Imperial Russian family, e.g. a portrait of Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich of Russia's three children (1843). More Russian portraits by Morten Thrane Brünnich are owned by the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.
Provenance: Bruun Rasmussen auction 458, 1984 no. 42.