Portrait of an Unknown Woman (also known as The Unknown Woman, An Unknown
Lady or Stranger) is a painting by the Russian artist Ivan Kramskoi, executed in 1883. The identity
of the model is unknown and depicts a woman of "quiet strength and forthright gaze". It is one of
Russia's best-known art works, although a number of critics were indignant when the painting was
first exhibited and condemned what they saw as a depiction of a haughty and immoral woman. Its
popularity has grown with changes in public taste.
The painting hangs in the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, while an earlier
version, also dated 1883, is housed at the Arts Center in Kiel.
Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi (1837-1887) was a Russian painter and art critic.
He was an intellectual leader of the Russian democratic art movement in 1860-1880.