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Portrait of a Young Model

Portrait of a Young Model

Artist: Nicolai Fechin (1881 - 1955)

Department: Art
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Image: 29 × 23 in. (73.7 × 58.4 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Myron Rosenbaum
Object number: PC1991.42.2
Description3/4 length portrait of a seated woman
On view
Label Text:Academically trained in Russia and Europe, Nicolai Fechin almost exclusively painted portraits. This example is typical of his mature style. He was an exacting draughtsman who produced exquisitely detailed drawings, while his paintings, especially their backgrounds, are full of dramatic gestures and bright hues quickly executed with a palette knife. Framed by this abstract treatment, individual faces, by contrast, are delicately modeled. Fechin traveled the world painting people who captured his attention, from Bali to Mexico to Japan. This anonymous subject (who was employed in the artist’s house) was probably painted soon after his move from New Mexico to Los Angeles.