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Artist: Nicolai Fechin (Russian (active in the United States), 1881 - 1955)

Medium: carved pine (piñon or ponderosa)
13 × 5 3/4 × 6 3/4 inches (33 × 14.6 × 17.1 cm)
Classification: Sculptures
Signed: N F (front of base); Nicolai Fechin (bottom of base, in ink)
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 1962
Object number: 21.3.5
Accession Number: 1962.1.26
Label Text:Fechin approached making sculpture in a different way from painting. When he painted, he worked from a model and portrayed a specific person. In his wood carved sculptures, he worked from imagination and the material. The figure emerged from the act of carving. Fechin used the grain of the wood to develop features. His daughter wrote, “All the woodwork my father did was really for his own personal enjoyment.”

Provenance: Artist; Alexandra Fechin [Alexandra Belkovitch, c. 1896-1983], Taos, New Mexico [1]; purchased November 3, 1962 through (Jane Hiatt, The Village Gallery, Taos, New Mexico) by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art | 1. Nicolai and Alexandra were divorced in 1933.
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