Sale 10PT02 | Lot 37

Nicolai Fechin

Catalogue: European, American, Modern & Contemporary Art
Nicolai Fechin

Lot Details

Lot 37
Nicolai Fechin
Russian, 1881-1955
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.

Estimate: $200,000 - $400,000
Sold for $332,500 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Frame rubbing. Could use a light cleaning. Scattered light craquelure, with some heavier craquelure resulting in some scattered paint loss at lower center. No apparent restoration. Partially visible stretcher marks.

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Estimate: $200,000 - $400,000
Sold for $332,500 (includes buyer's premium)

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European, American, Modern & Contemporary Art

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