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Head of Black Man

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Head of Black Man

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

Date: 1930
Medium: carved pine (piñon or ponderosa)
13 1/4 × 7 1/2 × 6 1/2 inches (33.7 × 19.1 × 16.5 cm)
Base: 1 1/2 × 6 1/2 × 6 1/2 inches (3.8 × 16.5 × 16.5 cm)
Classification: Sculptures
Inscribed: Alexand[ra] Fechi[n] (bottom of base)
Signed: N.F./ 1930 (bottom of base)
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 1961
Object number: 21.3.1
Accession Number: 1961.1.34
Label Text:Throughout his career, Fechin depicted types of people as well as individuals. The variety of human features fascinated the artist. His biographer writes that when Fechin came to the United States from his native Russia, he saw African Americans for the first time. He immediately wanted to hire a model for a painting. In Taos, New Mexico, he painted Native Americans. Later in his life, he went to Mexico and to Bali seeking more subjects. In carving this work, he did not depict a specific person. He responded to the characteristics of the wood and found beauty there.

Provenance: Artist; Alexandra Fechin [Alexandra Belkovitch, c. 1896-1983], Taos, New Mexico [1]; purchased September 26, 1961 by the Nelda C. and H.J. Luctcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art | 1. Nicolai and Alexandra were divorced in 1933.
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