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A watercolor painting of a pansyby Grand Duchess XeniaAlexandrovna (1875-1960). The purple & yellow pansy painted on card stock, with the Paschal greeting “Christ is Risen” (Khristos voskrese!)in Cyrillic painted in yellow. Signed in the lower left corner with the Grand Duchess’s monogram. Dimensions: 4 1/8″ h x 4 3/8” w (10.4 x 11.1cm).
Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna (1875-1960)
Prince Andrei Alexandrovich (1897-1981)
Prince Andrew Andreevich (b. 1923)
The English name pansy is derived from the French word pensée (thought) & the flower is regarded as a symbol of remembrance, particularly of one’s family or beloved. Grand Duchess Xenia, like all members of the Imperial family, had learned to paint in watercolors as part of her education. She continued to paint throughout her life, mostly on cards & greetings to her family members.
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