Art Abstracts: Portrait of my Father by Nicolai Fechin

Looking for the answer to Art Abstracts? It’s Portrait of my Father by Nicolai Fechin.

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IMAGE CREDIT | Nicolai Fechin, U.S., b. Russia, 1881-1955 | Portrait of my Father, 1912 | Oil on canvas | Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Eugene B. Adkins Collection

It’s a day late, but we want to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there–even those of you who don’t have a famous artist to paint a (very grumpy looking) portrait of you.

Nicolai Fechin executed numerous portraits of his father, Ivan Alexandrovich Fechin, who was a master carver of icons and altars for the Russian Orthodox Church. This portrait may have been executed in winter, as Ivan wears a heavy coat and an ushanka, a Russian trapper’s hat. Fechin used fine detail in the depiction of his father’s face, but much of the painting has a more improvisational approach, with gestural lines and washes of color. This seems appropriate, considering 98% of fatherhood is purely improvisation.

To see this work, come to the second floor of the museum!


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