She wrote in the article that American artist XYZ (I chose these letters instead of his real name because there are artists with the same name) blackmailed rich people by threats to write their portraits. People were afraid of him because many of his customers died after he made their portraits.
Pauline also mentioned ILYA REPIN, the famous Russian artist of the 19th century.
Soon after he finished portraits of composer Mussorgsky, surgeon Pirogov, politician Stolypin all of them died.
Writer Vsevolod Garshin jumped into the stairwell after Repin wrote a sketch of him for his famous painting “Ivan the Terrible kills his son”.
Repin asked many friends to pose in his another famous painting “Cossacks writing a letter to the Turkish Sultan”. Soon after the first exhibition of the painting many of them died.
But it is not everything in the article. Larina mentions some other facts (if they are really facts) and tells how people tried to explain them. I’ll tell you about it in the “Dangerous paintings (part 3)”.
Abbey Altson was a man who was building his world.
He was born in England, then in early 1880’s he went to Melbourne, Australia to study painting. After several years there he won a Gold Medal for his painting and returned to England.
In London he became a successful painter of portraits and genre pictures.
“He is best remembered today for his exercises in late classical painting, taking his lead from Lord Leighton, Alma Tadema, Waterhouse and Godward. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and at the Royal Society of British Artists. In the 1920’s and 30’s he visited India regularly, executing commissions for Prince Ranjit Sinji. Towards the end of his life he settled in America, where he died in 1949.”