Vadimir Bugrin, Portrait of Michel Brochetain

When Bugrin emigrated form Russia, he settled down in Vienna where there were many exhibitions of his work. He decided to enter in to a competition of which the prize was the opportunity to paint the portrait of the Archbishop of Vienna, Franz Cardinal Koenig. Traditionally such portraits remain in the episcopal palace for ever and the Viennese were therefore astonished when an orthodox Russian painter won the competition. When Bugrin told this anecdote to Brochetain, the collector was very moved as Cardinal Koenig was known not just for his tolerance and humanism but for the help he gave to the Jews during the war".

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