While looking at the beautiful film Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley, Leo Hortensius suddenly had to think of the world-famous painting ‘Portrait of an unknown woman’ (1883) by the Russian painter Ivan Kramskoy, which is to be admired in the Tretyakov State Gallery in Moscow. Leo Hortensius had made a copy of this particular painting some years ago.
Kramskoy was a contemporary of Leo Tolstoy, whom he also portrayed. In those days it was alleged that the ‘unknown woman’ was meant to be Anna Karenina.
In his turn inspired by the film, Leo Hortensius have given the woman in the portrait of Kramskoy the face of the ‘new’ Anna Karenina, Keira Knightley. As you can see the oil painting is painted in the same style and with the same delicate technique as Kramskoy.
Artist: Leo Hortensius (1946) / Ivan Kramskoy
Oil on Canvas
“Portrait of Actress Keira Knightley as Ana Karenina” – 2013
80 cm x 75 cm