Amazing Art Work
Russian Who Lived in U.S.
Russia's Gift to us.
Many years ago I first saw Nicolai Fechin's art work in a museum converted from his former adobe home in Taos, New Mexico. Like many of the artists of his time he lived for a number of years in Taos with his young daughter, and his residence is now a museum. I was thrilled to learn that some of his drawings and paintings were on exhibit here in the Twin Cities, next stop Seattle. Recently DH and I spent several wonderful hours at the Museum of Russian Art as our "Friday Field Trip"excursion. Unfortunately we could not take pictures inside the museum, except for the gift shop, where I picked up an unusual pair of Baltic amber earrings. DH got a CD, featuring the Russian National Orchestra with solo violinist German-born, Julia Fischer. The first image above is the cover of a book, which was for sale in the gift shop. The woman in the photo was a Taos Indian...my favorite painting in the exhibition.
Go here to learn about Fechin and the exhibition.To see two pages of images of Fechin's paintings go here. You won't be sorry! The second and third images above are from the link I provided. Check it out to see his paintings!!
In 1927 Nicolai Fechin became embroiled in a messy and destructive divorce that necessitated his departure from Taos. At the urging of the Los Angeles art dealer Earl Stendahl, he moved to the Hollywood Hills. He also began traveling extensively, visiting Bali, Java, Mexico and Japan. In the late 1930s he attempted to live in Bali, but was driven back to the United States by the beginning of Japanese hostilities in the Pacific. He bought a studio in Santa Monica and became more sociable than was his custom. In October 1955, shortly before his death, a major retrospective of his work was launched in San Diego and La Jolla, at which Nicolai Fechin was able to see a number of paintings he had not seen for decades.