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Offline Dominic_Albanese

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Secrets of an Exiled Prince
« on: May 30, 2007, 06:00:27 PM »
see: http://context.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2007/05/25/109.html

Secrets of an Exiled Prince

How did the private papers of Prince Felix Yusupov - mystic, exile and leader of the conspiracy to kill Rasputin - end up in the hands of a Mexican artist?

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Re: Secrets of an Exiled Prince
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2007, 06:19:10 PM »
This is very interesting Dominic.....could it be true?  Anyone know anything about this?

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Re: Secrets of an Exiled Prince
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2007, 08:26:30 PM »
I read this article on the day it was published a few days ago.

It is extraordinary at the very least.  :o

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Re: Secrets of an Exiled Prince
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2007, 10:03:05 PM »
This is a great article!  Many thanks.
I wonder if this story is true, and if so...then when will more info about it be introduced to the general public?

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Re: Secrets of an Exiled Prince
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2007, 11:17:16 PM »
Quite interesting.  And there is the picture of the Mexican artist with Felix in 1960.  And it does look like Felix in the picture.

What a treasure trove of information and private mementos!

I hope that he will publish at some time.


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Re: Secrets of an Exiled Prince
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2007, 12:43:08 AM »
A very interesting article indeed! I tried looking up more information but wasn't able to :-\ Even tried search spanish sites but nothing...

It would be nice if he could publish those documents. I would love to hear more of his stories about his time with the Yusupov's :)

While reading the article something that stood out to me, well one of the things was this:

"Contreras also has 14 portraits of the Yusupovs, including one by Ilya Repin. He is most attached to a portrait of Felix Yusupov and his oldest brother, Nikolai Yusupov, by Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky. When Princess Yusupov first offered it to him, remarking on his likeness to Nikolai, the artist refused, fearing that he might share the fate of first-born Yusupovs. In an eerie pattern that went back centuries, all but one of them died before the age of 26."

I believe we discussed this topic in another thread but it's interesting that it was actually published in an article since we could never really determined how far the pattern went or if it was even true for that matter. Also, another thing is that if you look at the artist, in a strange odd way, maybe it's just me but he does sorta resemble Felix's brother, Nicholas in the eye area... :-\ maybe it's just me. ::)

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Re: Secrets of an Exiled Prince
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2007, 03:50:40 PM »
The artists connexion with the elderly Felix & Irina...came to light a good decade ago in a biography of the artist Tamara de Lempicka....Passion by Design...it mentioned that they had bequeathed him various artefacts...

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Re: Secrets of an Exiled Prince
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2007, 06:58:22 PM »
Bravo Ashdean......thanks for coming up with something conclusive for us.  Maybe the reporter had just come across the same book and needed a story.

But I too wish that the artist would come forth and provide a little proof and his memories.....it is all most interesting!

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Re: Secrets of an Exiled Prince
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2007, 11:53:00 AM »
The artists connexion with the elderly Felix & Irina...came to light a good decade ago in a biography of the artist Tamara de Lempicka....Passion by Design...it mentioned that they had bequeathed him various artefacts...
The artists daughter Kizette de Lempicka Foxhall was one of the co authors but otherwise I cannot remember any details..I do remember that Lempicka (Baroness Kuffner in her 2nd marriage) settled in Mexico at the end of her life where she knew the artist....she had know the Youssoupoffs in earlier years ( between the wars?)in Paris..

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