Your clues this week are:
- The artist was Russian, and studied painting under the great Ilya Repin (1844-1930) at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg -- while concurrently studying sculpture and etching with two other masters.
- Although obviously a skilled portraitist, the artist had more fun designing stage sets and made more money as a book illustrator.
- For a brief time, the artist was a contributor to a journal called "Hell's Mail." I visualized "Hell's Mail" as a gigantic stack of bills due, but was incorrect.
- In honor of Valentine's Day, a clue about the model, the dapper gent in the fur coat. He was an operatic bass who performed around the world, and whose best friend was Sergei Rachmaninoff. One of the singer's sons became an actor who did a lot of work in Hollywood although he lived in Italy. You may remember him from the 1987 love story Moonstruck, in which he exhorted the pack of dogs he was walking to look at the sky: "La bella luna! The moon brings the woman to the man. Capice?" For bonus bragging rights, who were these two entertaining men?
Last Week's Answer:
Our born-in-Canada artist was Henrietta Shore (1880-1963), and we were looking at her California Data (ca. 1925). Incidentally, she and Edward Weston were indeed good friends, and only that (Weston was notorious for his extramarital affairs). Kudos to Lin, who emailed the correct answer first!