The Little Girl (the artist's daughter, Eya)
Signed N. Fechin (lr)
Oil on canvas
24 1/4 x 20 1/8 inches (61 x 51.1 cm)
Grand Central Art Galleries, New York
Private Collection, by inheritance
Private Collection, acquired 1999
Nicolai Fechin was born in Kazan, in eastern Russia, and at nineteen entered the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg. There he was drawn to the powerful portraits of Ilya Repin, and to the rapid, slashing brushwork of Fillip Andreevich Malavin. He graduated in 1909 with a traveling fellowship that took him to the artistic capitals of Europe. He was soon exhibiting internationally.
In 1923 he moved to New York, where he enjoyed immediate success as a portraitist. Later, finding that he had contracted tuberculosis, he moved in 1927 to Taos, New Mexico in search of a dryer climate. He loved the South West, and was fascinated by the Native Americans of the region, of whom he painted a number of powerful and memorable portraits. In 1948 he moved to Santa Monica, California, where he maintained a studio until his death in 1955.
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