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